"I know you are enduring patiently and bearing up for My name's sake, and that you have not grown weary. But I have this against you, that you have abandoned the love you had at first. Remember therefore from where you have fallen; repent, and do the works you did at first."
As followers of Christ, each of us go through seasons in our lives where we get wrapped up in the world around us. We serve at church a few times a week, volunteer at a local food pantry, spend time investing in relationships with loved ones, pour into the ministry of our vocation, and in doing all of these things our initial motivation (being our love for Jesus) seems to get lost in the shuffle. Christ encourages and exhorts us through His Word spoken to the church in Ephesus in Revelation chapter 2.
His encouragement: Christ sees all things. He sees our diligent service in the church. He sees our passion for the gospel being preached in truth. He sees our steadfastness under trial. These are all good things being done for the Kingdom.
But we need to ask ourselves. Are we doing these things out of love for Jesus?
His exhortation: Yes, Christ does see all things. Including our hearts. He knows the motivation behind our works. The Ephesians sacrificially labored for their church, but they had forsaken their passionate love for Jesus in the meantime.
Remember when we first came to know the Lord? Remember our excitement to get into God's Word and soak in every bit of scripture we could before our day began? And when the posture of our prayers reflected our belief in an all powerful and all loving God? When we constantly reflected on the work of the cross that we don't for a moment deserve?
Jesus commands us to repent of any action that isn't done out of love for Him, and to allow the Holy Spirit to stir inside of us that deep passion we had when He first called us to Himself. This is my hope with this blog: That we would refocus our eyes on the person and work of Jesus in each season of life, and love Him with a greater affection than ever before.