Jesus expressed care and concern for the welfare of this congregation. He knows the struggles the faithful endure and their discouragement. All the struggles might cause the faithful to think the Lord has forgotten them. Our Savior remembers his faithful and cares for them.
These saints worked hard, and Jesus praised them. They endured hardships and overcame them. The work of ministry is challenging. It demands faith, commitment, and perseverance. Jesus knows the struggles congregations are facing. He sends the Holy Spirit to strengthen his people and equip them with the gifts and endurance for ministry.
This Church had a problem. It lost its first love. Jesus was no longer their sole focus. They went astray and were distracted by matters which removed their focus of Jesus and the mission. Is this happening to the Church today? Has the Church neglected its first love and focused on matters which have nothing to do with Jesus?
The Church loses its first love when it becomes comfortable. Another way the Church loses its first love if the agenda is no longer Christ-centered. Leaders want to hold on to ego and power. This harms the faith and trust of believers. If abuse of any kind and scandals enter the Church and the leaders become concerned about protecting their power, the Church loses its first love.
It is not pleasing to the Savior when the Church strays from him and the mission. He shakes the Church and calls it to repentance. Jesus wants his Church to remain faithful to him and to proclaim his Gospel.
Church heed the voice of the Shepherd! Hear what he says. It is he, who guides the Church and calls it to faithfulness. Jesus is the Church’s first love and its focus.
Be faithful to Christ and to his Gospel. Confront those who cause scandal and division. Unite all believers in Christ and in the mission of proclaiming the Gospel to the world.