“Nevertheless I have somewhat against thee, because thou hast left thy first love.” Revelation 2:4
Today, we are closing up our discussion on what losing the first love means. It’s been fun, and I really appreciate all the good comments and thoughts. I’d like to start this one off by including three Scripture for reading.
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” John 3:16
“If ye love me, keep my commandments.” John 14:15
“And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen.” Matthew 28:18-20
I could probably just stop, let readers ponder those three verses, and most would probably get in advance the point I am making here.
Ephesus was BUSY; in fact, Jesus commended them for working themselves to the point of exhaustion. There are lot’s of busy, busy churches even today; many churches and individuals in them are just a blaze of talk and activity.
The question is: was Ephesus busy doing the right thing? Friends here is a truth. God loved us so much He gave us His Son to die so that we might be with Him someday. We show our love for the Savior by doing the things He has commanded us to do. Finally, we are clearly commanded to reach out to all the world with the Gospel and make disciples.
Here is the actual point: anything we do as Christians, in the name of Christianity, that does not have as its ultimate goal the spread of the Gospel is just wasted busy work. Anything.
While we are told to be good citizens, and participation in the political process is honorable, our churches are not political organizations. Politics never saved anybody.
We are clearly told to help those who need helping, yet our churches are not primarily charitable organizations. Charity unaccompanied by the Gospel is busywork.
Fellowship with our brethren is sweet; yet, our churches are not social clubs. Baptists such as me, “Meet to eat, and eat to meet.” If being social with the brethren is the final goal and not the edification and encouragement of the brethren to take the Gospel to the world, then that is busywork.
We are clearly commanded to come to know the Lord better through study of His Word; yet if we educate ourselves until our heads blow up and never apply our learning to the lost world around us, then that is busywork.
We show the people around us that we love them by helping them meet their needs. Salvation is every person’s greatest need. If that is not the be-all, end-all mission of every local assembly of believers then we have abandoned our first love.