These were the words of Jesus to the church at Ephesus. Verses 2-4 describe a very healthy church. They worked hard in the name of Jesus. They were patient and did not tolerate evil people or false doctrine. However, somewhere along the line they lost focus of Jesus. They were busy about things in Jesus’ name, but they were done without Jesus in mind. When they first got saved they started doing all these things out of love and gratitude, now they did them out of routine and religion. They did them because it just became who they were. We can fall into the same rut. We can come to church, read our bibles and even serve in ministry in the name of Jesus, but without Jesus in mind. The good news is, the solution is simple. Jesus, in verse 5, tells them to remember and repent. Remember how they used to forget about life, just sit with Jesus and spend time together. After they remembered they were to repent and do these things again.

At the beginning of the year, this is a good time to allow the Lord to examine us. Why do we do what we do? Is it out of routine and religion? Have I just become a “good person” or am I still close and passionate about Jesus? Spending time together every day and doing everything out of love and gratitude for the Lord

Pastor Jason Norton