“To the angel of the church in Ephesus write: These are the words of him who holds the seven stars in his right hand, who walks among the seven golden lampstands: 2“I know your works, your toil and your patient endurance. I know that you cannot tolerate evildoers; you have tested those who claim to be apostles but are not, and have found them to be false. 3I also know that you are enduring patiently and bearing up for the sake of my name, and that you have not grown weary. 4But I have this against you, that you have abandoned the love you had at first.5Remember then from what you have fallen; repent, and do the works you did at first. If not, I will come to you and remove your lampstand from its place, unless you repent. 6Yet this is to your credit: you hate the works of the Nicolaitans, which I also hate. 7Let anyone who has an ear listen to what the Spirit is saying to the churches. To everyone who conquers, I will give permission to eat from the tree of life that is in the paradise of God. (Revelation 2:1-7, NRSV)
We need to endure with what we have been given to do. Even when it seems we are done we need to hold fast.
The people of Ephesus were bold in their love of God and followed after God testing those who came in God’s name. But they forgot their first love and moved away from that. We need to hold tight to our fist love and allow that to carry us through and not look for more beyond that.
Follow after God and remember what God has given you to be and to do.
Share God’s love with all the world, and never lose sight of how God holds on to you.