Church of Ephesus
“But you walked away from your first love—why? What’s going on with you, anyway? Do you have any idea how far you’ve fallen? A Lucifer fall! Turn back! Recover your dear early love. No time to waste, for I’m well on my way to removing your light from the golden circle” (Revelation 2.4-5 MSG).
Relationships can fall into show of predictability, veering steadily away from an outpouring of love. This is what happened to the Church of Ephesus. They did everything right, but they forgot to spend time with God. They hated wickedness, they did good deeds, they even demonstrated great discernment, but they stopped pursuing their love for God. When we begin to walk away from spending intimate time with God, loving and knowing Him, the effects might not show right away. But eventually our lack of intimacy will begin to reveal itself, and our once noble acts will become self-serving, removing us from the will of the Father. It is so easy to get caught up doing things for God that we forget to spend time with Him. We can become so busy with ministry that our relationship with God goes on the back burner. But ultimately that back burner will cool off, and our relationship with God will turn cold. Yes, we are still saved by grace by the covenant of Jesus blood, but our love for the Lord has become stagnant. Our first priority should always be spending time with God, and our service to Him should spring from the wellspring of that intimacy.
“God loves each of us as if there were only one of us.” – Saint Augustine