Word for You

Thursday 19 October

‘You don’t love me…as you did at first!’ Revelation 2:4 NLT

Has your love grown cold?

Love is like a fire; when it’s not fuelled, it goes out. That’s what happened to the Christians in the church at Ephesus. In earlier years Paul wrote these words to them: ‘Grace be with all those who love our Lord Jesus Christ with incorruptible love’ (Ephesians 6:24 NASB). Their love for the Lord was so strong and so clear to everyone, that Paul commended them for it. But by the time Christ speaks to the same church in the book of Revelation, their love for Him had faded: ‘I know all the things you do. I have seen your hard work and patient endurance. I know you don’t tolerate evil people. You have examined the claims of those who say they are apostles but are not. You have discovered they are liars. You have patiently suffered for me without quitting. But I have this complaint against you. You don’t love me or each other as you did at first! Look how far you have fallen! Turn back to me’ (vv. 2-5 NLT). Evangelical leader John Stott wrote: ‘They’d fallen from the early heights of devotion to Christ which they’d climbed. They’d descended to the plains of mediocrity. In a word…the hearts of the Ephesian Christians had chilled...Their early devotion to Christ had cooled. They’d been in love with Him, but…had fallen out of love.’ We can go to church, read our Bibles, and pray every day, yet not love God as we should. Loving God is a commitment and a heart attitude that results in obedience. It’s a focus: a daily decision to honour Him in all we say and do. So, has your love grown cold?

What Now?

Which worship songs really get you fired up for God? Make a playlist of them and listen to it every morning this week when you’re getting ready.