Yet I hold this against you: You have forsaken your first love. 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 (NIV)
In this passage of Revelations, the church of Ephesus worked hard at keeping their church safe from false teachers. They were serious about the truth of Scripture. But this is not enough. In their zeal for truth, they had lost their love for Christ. What was true in the first Century is true today as well. We can do all of the right things for the right reasons, yet not have the right heart. This devolves into churches that are technically correct, yet spiritually wrong. When we are willing to allow love to govern our usage of truth, then our lampstand is the light of Jesus to those around us.
Today’s commentary by:
Dave Whitehead, Senior Pastor, GraceNYC.org
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