My son, if you will receive my words, and treasure my commandments within you…
It happens at different points in each person's walk. Slowly familiarity settles in. The awe and wonder cease. Next thing you know, someone becomes desensitized to the power of God's Word and the inevitable happens…
“To the angel of the church in Ephesus write: The One who holds the seven stars in His right hand, the One who walks among the seven golden lampstands, says this: ‘I know your deeds and your 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. Therefore remember from where you have fallen, and repent and do the deeds you did at first…” (Revelation 2:1-5)
You see, the Ephesians were a mighty people. They persevered in the face of persecution. They did not grow weary, nor did they welcome sinful people in their camp. They were wise and tested people before they received them as leaders. Yet, somehow (somewhere) things changed in their heart. In the process of having their lives totally transformed by their Savior – the manifested Word of God – many of them left their first love.
We'll never really know, on this side of eternity, what this means specifically; but from what Christ says next, I think we have a pretty good idea. From what we can tell, they lost discipline, which is why the Lord admonished them,
“…Remember from where you have fallen, and repent and do the deeds you did at first.”
Even though the Ephesians excelled in several areas, they allowed laziness to creep in and were told to go back to the basics. This should lead us to assume that they strayed from the Scripture. At its core, treasuring God's word and taking heed to what He tells us in the pages of the Bible are the hallmark of the Christian experience.
How about you? Have you left God's word aside for a season? Have you lost your love for reading the Scripture and treasuring His commands?
If so, the remedy is brilliantly simple: “…Remember from where you have fallen, and repent and do the deeds you did at first!”