Revelation 2:4, 5 - The Priority of Relationship.
Revelation 2:4, 5: The Priority of Relationship.
Revelation 2:4, 5 (NIV) Yet I hold this against you: You have
forsaken your first love. 5 Remember the height from which 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.
Revelation 2:4-5 (NLT) But I have this complaint against you.
You dont love me or each other as you did at first! 5 Look how
far you have fallen! Turn back to me and do the works you did at
first. If you dont repent, I will come and remove your lampstand
from its place among the churches.
Ephesus was the home of a tremendous ministry. Despite harsh
persecution, the church planted by Paul endured opposition, spread the
gospel, and was quick to challenge false prophets. But 30 years after
the apostle left, Johns revelation included a stern warning for
Imagine how the words of Revelation 2 must have struck the
Ephesians when they read them. After complimenting their service to the
gospel, Christ said, But I have this against you ... That phrase
was no doubt extremely disconcerting. The Lord warned them that they
had left their first love. In other words, all of their work was
being done with wrong motives.
Christ called the Ephesians to remember their love for Him
and their delight in His salvation. Service is no substitute for an
intimate relationship, but modern believers continue to fall into this
subtle trap. The commendable things that we do count for nothing unless
they stem from a vibrant personal connection with God. Our work
cant be effective or fruitful unless He is in it.
In fact, God is more interested in you and your personal
relationship with Him than in a thousand lifetimes of good works. He desires
to be the satisfaction and delight of His children so that their
service is a result of loving devotion.
There are plenty of wrong reasons to labor for the kingdom.
However, God is satisfied only with service motivated by love for Him. He
wants those with selfish intentions to return to their first love. In
that way, hearts and minds can be renewed, and service to the Lord
will be more fruitful. [In Touch Daily Devotional by Charles Stanley
at www.intouch.org re Rev. 2:1-7]
LINK FOR FURTHER STUDY
LINKS WORTH CHECKING OUT
Most Important Decision in Life:
A Man without Equal by Bill Bright:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NiVa7UoruIo [old, but one of the best]
Importance of Choice:
http://creationhealth.com/CREATION-Health/Choice [click on video]
Seeking God Made Real: http://vimeo.com/31489782
Prayer Made Real: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tc8VdMV26VE
Musical Devotional On Christian Living:
Medical Seminar on Healthful Living by David DeRose, MD, MPH:
LINKS FOR BIBLE STUDIES
Lifting Up Jesus Bible Studies: http://www.liftingupjesus.net/
Amazing Facts Bible Studies:
Discover Bible Studies: http://studies.itiswritten.com/discover/
Glow Tract Video Bible Studies: http://www.bibleresearch.info/
LINKS FOR BIBLE PROPHECY SEMINARS
The Last Day of Prophecy by Pastor Doug Batchelor:
Restoring The Power by John Bradshaw:
Prophecies Decoded by Pastor Ron Clouzet:
Last Day Prophecy: His Other Sheep by Pastor Gerald Babanezhad: