Calvary Apostolic Church

Georgetown, Kentucky

A Busy, Loving Church

Posted By on September 30, 2015

Unto the angel of the church in Ephesus write, These words says the one who holds the seven stars in his right hand, the one who walks among the seven golden candlesticks; 2I know your works, and your toil, and your endurance, and how you cannot bear evil, but have tested those who say they are apostles and are not, and found them liars, 3and are enduring patiently and for my name’s sake have not grown weary.4But I have this against you, that you have departed from your first love.” (Revelation 2:1 LBW)

 

What an indictment the Lord made to the Ephesian Church! This is the Church that had not denied his name (and for my name’s sake have not grown weary). It was a working Church and for all to see it from the outside would have applauded their work. However, The one who establishes Churches and caused their growth noticed something that could not be seen from the outside – they had left their first love.

            There is something about first love that kindles a fire on the inside. Can you remember your first love for your present spouse? Does time and labor cause that fire to dim a bit? Do you get so busy that you forget that love that was once there? This is what the Lord is saying to the Ephesian Church – you don’t love me like you originally did.

All of a sudden we of Calvary Apostolic have become a busy Church. If you have doubts about that fact, look on the back page at the activities. And, that is not a complete list of what is happening. With each week presenting extra things to do it is easy to lose site of our goal – winning someone to Christ. Both the Church of Ephesus and Smyrna were commended for their works. However Ephesus lost their love of Christ while still working for Him. It does not seem that they recognize that loss. Is it possible to work for the Lord so hard that we forget to work with Him?

No task is worth losing our salvation. While we work we must also pray and fast, meditate and leave room for daily devotion to God. One thing that helps a Christian’s devotion is worship during Church services. Avail yourself of everything that happens at the service. While singing, remind yourself that it is unto the Lord that the praises belong. If testimony is offered make use of praise through telling others of God’s grace to you. During the message, don’t look for style of preaching but let the words effect you. Homiletic preaching is preaching the hits its mark.

Patience and labor are good traits to have but don’t let them supplant your love of God. Also notice while working the Ephesian Church could not stand those that are evil. Could it be because of their lack of love that they became critical of others? As the Church grows there will be some that take time to become mature Christians. Let the already mature Christians treat new ones with patience until they become the kind of saint God wants.

Thank you Church for all the things you are doing and want to do. We will provide outlets for your enthusiasm but through it all keep your love for Christ foremost in your daily living. Through this we will grow both in number and in spiritual things.


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