He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the tree of life, which is in the midst of the paradise of God.
Revelation 2:7 was written to the angel of the church of Ephesus. Angels are ministering spirits sent to help us according to Hebrews 1:14. Therefore these words are profitable for me when I am going through my personal season of learning to overcome at Ephesus.
The big accusation against Ephesus was that they had left their first love. First love means loving Jesus above all else. Ephesus had so many good religious works going on in verses two and three that she did not have time for her first works. What is the first good works we do? The first good works we do is repent. To repent means to return to the starting point and the starting point of our walk with Jesus was at the foot of Calvary’s cross. We never outgrow the experience of humbly bowing before the Lord at the foot of the cross. We begin our Christian experience there initially and we should begin every day there, refocusing on Jesus and reaffirming and dedicating ourselves to Him daily.
Ephesus had become so busy she no longer had time to do the first works. Works are important but the first thing is our personal relationship with Jesus Christ.
Adam female could see, had complete light and was deceived anyway. Likewise if we aren’t focused on the Lord and our relationship with Him, we also can be deceived and the first step to being deceived is often times becoming so busy doing good works that we relax in the maintenance of our personal relation with Jesus Christ.
In this fast paced and chaotic connected world we live in let us not lose sight of our Lord’s sacrifice at Calvary but let us return there to start every day with Him as the focus of our life.