">

Slightly Obsessed #073 "First Love" (Wednesday Devo)
by Pamela Thorson on 2014-07-09 11:22:52

SPONSORED




I know your deeds and you toil and perseverance, and that you cannot tolerate evil men, and you put to the test those who call themselves apostles, and they are not, and you found them to be false; and you have perseverance and have endured for My name’s sake, and have not grown weary.

But I have this against you, that you have left your first love. – Revelation 2:2-4


Ephesus was a thriving harbor city in first century Asia. It was a center both for trade and for the pagan worship of the Greek goddess Artemis, the equivalent of the Roman goddess Diana. The splendid Temple of Artemis was considered one of the seven wonders of the ancient world.

The early Christians there endured much opposition to the gospel. Acts 19:21-41 relates the account of a silversmith named Demetrius, who made a good living crafting silver shrines of Artemis until the gospel pulled people away from pagan worship and threatened his business. He was nearly successful in creating a riot that threatened Christians and the work of God in the city.

The Ephesian church had this and other challenges to its existence. Besides the attacks from the outside, the church suffered from false teachers propagating their own brand of theology. The Epistle to the Ephesians addresses their struggles, correcting their doctrine and offering encouragement to this beleaguered body of Christ.

Paul personally warned the Ephesian church:

“After my departure savage wolves will come in among you, not sparing the flock; and from among your own selves men will arise, speaking perverse things, to draw away disciples after them.” –Acts 20:29-30

Some thirty years later, in His revelation of the last days to John, Jesus acknowledged the Ephesians’ tenacious fight for the faith but chastised them for leaving behind their first love. He told them:

Therefore remember from where you have fallen, and repent and do the deeds you did at first; or else I am coming to you and will remove your lampstand out of its place—unless you repent. –Revelation 2:5

Today the area of Turkey where the Ephesus once stood is nearly devoid of any Christian influence. A city that once fought for the faith and shone for Christ now sits in darkness.

This is a sobering reminder for us. Christ’s words were directed to Ephesus, but they were meant for us, as well. We must remember that our faith is not about what we are fighting against, but what we are living for. It is our love for Jesus that ignites the oil of the Spirit in our lives. Our passion for the Savior alone is the flame that drives away the night and illuminates our world.

It’s good to contend for the faith. It’s wise to test those who want to exert authority over us. It pleases God when we endure through hardship and persecution for Him.

But that is not what He wants.

He wants us to be in love with Him. If we do that, the rest will follow. And our faith will set the world aflame.



About Pamela Thorson:



Pamela Thorson is a licensed practical nurse, author, and full-time caregiver. She pioneered in the homeschooling movement from 1982-2006 and authored her first book, Song in the Night, in 2008. She resides in the Northwest with her family.

Connect with Pamela Thorson
Website: http://www.pamthorson.com
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/officialpamthorson
Twitter: http://twitter.com/pamelathorson


See All The Slightly Obsessed Articles Here





SPONSORED


Recent Articles
Slightly Obsessed #197: Are We Spiritual Darwinists?

Two secular scientists recently stumbled upon evidence challenging their evolutionary assumptions. Do we subconsciously doubt God's power and quietly live a similar Darwinian existence? Are we ready to be challenged to believe in His power to intervene in our lives?
Slightly Obsessed #229: When Pain Is a Good Thing

The pain takes us down and drives us to our knees. We long for relief, for a way out. But in the secret place of suffering, we discover that pain is our friend.
Slightly Obsessed #228: The God of the Grateful

My world had just fallen into a pit. We had a young daughter, four other children, and no insurance. I was so sick that I didn’t even know if I could get to the doctor for tests. Despair rolled over us in waves. Then God spoke.
Slightly Obsessed #227: Release the Beautiful

As we smiled at the people we met on our walk I wondered at the social custom that requires face-to-face congeniality on a bike path among strangers who would soon be in our respective cars fighting over a lane change. It’s easier to be mad at people when we can’t see their faces.
Slightly Obsessed #226: Triune

In its most basic element, our very existence mirrors His Godhead in trinity. Each person enters time and space as three: body, soul, and spirit.
Slightly Obsessed #225: Why Lightning Doesn't Strike the Wicked

The popular radio host was on a rampage, vehemently damning God. He crowned the diatribe by flinging a challenge at God to strike him down at that very moment. He smugly interpreted heaven's silence as proof that there is no God. But what was really happening?




More Content from CMADDICT
REVIEW
Gone (Deluxe)
RED

Release Date: October 27, 2017
Reviewer: Jon Ownbey
Rating: 4 stars
MUSIC VIDEO
J.D. Farag - Mid-East Prophecy Update – December 9th 2018

2018-12-09 14:21:57
NEWS
HANNAH KERR RELEASES NEW CHRISTMAS LP, CHRISTMAS EVE IN BETHLEHEM, OCT. 19

8 October 2018 - Nashville, TN - Black River Christian artist and songwriter Hannah Kerr will release her new Christmas LP, Christmas Eve In Bethlehem, on October 19.
FREE DOWNLOAD
Be Still, My Soul
Salt of the Sound

Album: In Prayer
Genre: Worship

Social Media



Copyright © 2018 · All Rights Reserved · CMADDICT.com