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March 26 - “Nevertheless I have this against you, that you have left your first love.” –Revelation 2:4

Jesus knew the works that the Ephesians had performed. As far as religious fervor, they were doing great. They had labored and had not grown tired. They tested false teachers and found them wanting. They did all this and yet they did not see their love for God, for Jesus, waning.

There is nothing wrong with working and laboring for the cause of Christ, but we can become so focused on our work, and forget who we work for. According to Hebrews we are to run the race (the life) God has placed before us with endurance, “looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.” (Hebrews 12:2)

In Revelation we read of another church that had become “lukewarm.” The Church of Laodicea had become “rich” and felt that they were serving just fine, but they had become complacent. Jesus said to them: “I know your works, that you are neither cold nor hot. I could wish you were cold or hot.” (Revelation 3:15) Why would Jesus say that they should be cold or hot? Wouldn’t he want them to be “hot?” To answer that question, we have to first understand the nature of obedience.

For many people, obedience is more like “don’t touch” or “don’t eat,” but to God obedience is listening to Him at all times. This is not a doctrine of sinless perfection, but of humble subjection to the will of Jesus Christ our Lord.

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