In our scripture for this week’s message, Jesus is speaking from the book of Revelation to Christians who are “losing their fire”. He is not condemning them, but calling them to repentance. He even uses the words “turn back to me”. It’s possible in our Christian life to “drift” into behaviors, and attitudes, and allow ourselves to unconsciously drift away from our total commitment to God. Jesus says…
Revelation 2:4 NLT “But I have this complaint against you. You don’t 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 don’t repent, I will come and remove your lampstand from its place among the churches.”
As we continue to explore examining ourselves, this scripture really “hits home” in challenging us about the depth of our love and the evidence of it as the love we experience calls us to take action and express it.
Do we love Him as we did at first? Has that love grown? Has the AGAPE love that He pours into us grown and overflowed to those around us.
Is love a noun to be “possessed and felt” or a verb to be “expressed and grown?” The answer will become obvious as we explore this challenge of Christ.