Calvary Chapel Downey
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PASTORS PERSPECTIVE

Don’t Settle for the Brass

“Nevertheless I have this against you, that you have left your first love. Remember therefore from where you have fallen; repent and do the first works, or else I will come to you quickly and remove your lampstand from its place—unless you repent.” Revelation 2:4-5

The church at Ephesus was lauded for not growing weary in its work, labor, and patience. Nevertheless, Jesus charged them with leaving their first love. He basically tells them, “Remember from which you have fallen; repent and do the first works or I will remove My presence from this place.”

When Rehoboam became King of Israel, God allowed the Egyptians to invade Judea and take away the gold shields Solomon made for the temple guard. Rehoboam took his loss and replaced the gold shields with brass shields. He figured they look like gold and will shine the same in the sun. This is what happened at Ephesus and what has happened to so many churches around the world. The enemy has made off with the gold and we settle for the brass. The love is lost!

Sometimes in a big church, with many ministries and plenty activity, we can lose sight for our reason to assemble. It is very possible that some serve the Lord for man’s recognition, for reputation, for prestige or position, or even out of a sense of duty. If our service to God is not born out of love and gratitude for the finished work of the cross, it is worthless. A church full of works and no love, is a church without Jesus. Without Jesus, the church is nothing! Let us return to when we first fell in love with the Lord.

Pastor Odell Enesi

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