Revelation 2:2 – I see what you've done, your hard work, your refusal to quit…but you walked away from your first love – why?
Why indeed? Have you counted how many times you've asked that question along the way of your journey?
I can't say for certain what the event was that triggered this message in Revelation to the church at Ephesus. But I know there was some form of discouragement. You can feel it lying just beneath the words; "You walked away…"
With every tick of the clock we are somewhere along the road on our journey to God. Sooner or later, and usually more than once, we arrive at Ephesus, that place of discouragement. Sometimes I think Ephesus is my home town. In a strange sort of way it is, or at least it is a town that I seem to always be returning to, or passing by on my onward and upward journey. Ephesus, it seems is always, just around the corner, somehow always tempting you and me to "walk away".
Certainly there are times, events, situations that need to be walked away from in order to escape Ephesus, but we should never walk away from our journey toward God.
Revelation 2:17 – Are your ears awake? Listen. Listen to the Wind Words, the Spirit blowing through the churches. I'm about to call each conqueror to dinner. I'm spreading a banquet of Tree-of-Life fruit, a supper plucked from God's orchard. (MSG)
Prayer: Lord, help us to understand the places we are at in all our journeys this day, particularly if we find our feet in Ephesus. Amen.