Today you should read: Revelation 2:1-7
Loving God…the greatest priority
There are many commendable things to do as a Christian. But we can often settle for the commendable, rather than pursuing the vital.
In our passage today, we see Jesus’ words, through the author John. Jesus is commending the church in Ephesus for some pretty good things. The church in Ephesus is hard working, they endure hardship, they uphold right doctrine, they keep their church pure, they suffer for Jesus, and they don’t quit. They are a good church, doing good things. But there’s a problem. Doing good things doesn’t always equate to worship. To put it another way, you can do good works as a church, and miss the point. You can miss treasuring Jesus.
In verse 7, Jesus says that the church in Ephesus has lost its intense love for God. They have lost their deep satisfaction in Christ. They have lost the main thing: worship.
- It is possible to do good things with the wrong intentions. It is possible to have Christian values and yet miss the main point of Christianity: treasuring Jesus.
- In our lives we must be careful. Our flesh can trick us that we are doing this “Christian thing right” when we do what we think God expects. When we have a good day with people, check off all of our Christian boxes, and go to bed feeling like we made it, we could still be missing the main point. Loving Jesus.
- Let’s not be deceived. Good works are good. They do bring honor to God. But unless we count all things as loss, and knowing God is of supreme worth, we’ve missed the point.
Here’s a question we can ask ourselves, today:
In all of your ambitious goals “for God,” has He remained your greatest treasure?
Posted by: Sam Cirrincione