1 “To the angel of the church in Ephesus write: These are the words of him who holds the seven stars in his right hand and walks among the seven golden lampstands. 2 I know your deeds, your hard work and your perseverance. I know that you cannot tolerate wicked people, that you have tested those who claim to be apostles but are not, and have found them false. 3 You have persevered and have endured hardships for my name, and have not grown weary.
4 Yet I hold this against you: You have forsaken the love you had at first. 5 Consider how far you have fallen! Repent and do the things you did at first. If you do not repent, I will come to you and remove your lampstand from its place. 6 But you have this in your favor: You hate the practices of the Nicolaitans, which I also hate.
7 Whoever has ears, let them hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To the one who is victorious, I will give the right to eat from the tree of life, which is in the paradise of God.
I hear Jesus reminding me of one of the biggest dangers for someone who has been in church for years. I hear Jesus tell me not to confuse being busy with church work with spending time with Him. I must constantly remind myself that I was created to have fellowship with the Father, not to work in church.
I must remember that Jesus said, the greatest of all commandments was not to be committed to church, but to “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, mind and soul; and to love those He loves. This leads me to recommit to my daily time reading His word, talking to Him, and hearing from Him. It also leads me to look for ways of letting others know that I care about them and Jesus loves them.
Forgive me for being too busy and too opinionated to love You with all my heart and to also love those who You loved enough to die for.
Jack Roberts, Pastor
CostaMeda Baptist Association