“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 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.” Revelation 2:4-5
“The Lord gave me another message. He said, “Go and shout this message to Jerusalem. This is what the Lord says: “I remember how eager you were to please me as a young bride long ago how you loved me and followed me even through the barren wilderness.” (Jeremiah 2:1-2) In this verse God is talking to Israel saying they left their first love. I know in my life, when I was first born again, I loved the Jesus Christ and what He had done for me. Then Satan started giving me grief. Life got in the way and my love was not as strong. As always, God brought me back to my love for Jesus Christ. Do you still love Jesus Christ as much as you did, if not repent and come back to Jesus Christ.
While it is true that mature married love deepens and grows richer, it is also true that it should never lose the excitement and wonder of those “honeymoon days.” When a husband and wife begin to take each other for granted, and life becomes routine, then the marriage is in danger. Just think of it: It is possible to serve, sacrifice, and suffer “for my name’s sake” and yet not really love Jesus Christ! The Ephesian believers were so busy maintaining their separation that they were neglecting adoration. Labor is no substitute for love; neither is purity a substitute for passion. The church must have both if it is to please Him.”
“The Cayster River ran close to the city. It flowed 80 miles inland and was large enough to transport goods. Once they were taken off the large ocean-going ships which docked at the edge of town, they were transferred to the smaller vessels which took them inland to cities far from the sea. The church of Ephesus chose to ignore God’s warning, so the river began to bring silt into the harbor. Over time the ocean-going ships could not get to the dock because of the mud and eventually they quit trying to get their goods to and from Ephesus. Today, because of the mud buildup, the ocean is almost five miles from the “port” city of Ephesus. With no ships coming in, the lamp stands were not needed anymore. Jesus told them to repent or He would take away their lamp stands…and so He did.