“To the angel of the church in Ephesus write: These are the words of him who holds the seven stars in his right hand and walks among the seven golden lampstands.
I know your deeds, your hard work and your perseverance. I know that you cannot tolerate wicked people, that you have tested those who claim to be apostles but are not, and have found them false. You have persevered and have endured hardships for my name, and have not grown weary.
Yet I hold this against you: You have forsaken the love you had at first. Consider how far you have fallen! Repent and do the things you did at first. If you do not repent, I will come to you and remove your lampstand from its place. But you have this in your favor: You hate the practices of the Nicolaitans, which I also hate. Whoever has ears, let them hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To the one who is victorious, I will give the right to eat from the tree of life, which is in the paradise of God.
What does this mean anyway? Fallen from your first love?
Does anyone remember when they were first saved, they dedicated all their time to praying, praising, reading the word. Having such a joy and love deep within them? Our love for God was so strong it felt like it would burst out at any moment. We wanted to shout Gods love from the mountain tops? This is what it means.
Do you find yourself doing things for people, the church, or God with hesitation, with a grudge, or maybe you now do it because its a ritual, or because you feel obligated, or have to be “the best Christian”? If you said yes then you have fallen from your first love.
If you said yes to any of this you will have your lampstand taken from you! Repent and turn back to your first love. Do not make excuses. God is reaching out to you and waiting for you to come back to him. What are deeds if there is no love?