A couple of weeks ago at 7 am, I was standing outside of the receiving areas of one of the stores I serve, waiting to get in. I noticed this overhead light. I have been serving this account for years and never quite looked at this light in the same way. See, where I live the days are starting to get longer and it is getting brighter earlier in the morning. Which is probably one of the reasons I noticed the light, because it was out.
If you look closely you can make out that this light has the word – or should I say it contains – the name of one of the seven churches that Jesus rebukes in the beginning of the book of Revelations.
In Revelations 2, Jesus is talking to the church at Ephesus. He says:
“I know your works your toils, and your patient endurance and how you can not bear with those who are evil, but have tested those who have called themselves apostles and are not, and have found them to be false. I know you are enduring patiently and bearing up for my name’s sake, and you have not grown weary. But I have this against you, you have abandoned the love you had at first. Remember therefore where 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.“
Now if I am honest, I feel like this is a sign for me. I fit this perfectly. I believe Jesus was showing me that I have abandoned the love for him that I once had. I mean, the light is out. Look again, it is easy, just scroll to the top of this message and see for yourself.
Up until this wake-up call, I had been struggling to be focused in prayer, in delving into the Word, in talking about Jesus to the people I encounter on a daily basis (at least for the past year or so). My actions were Corbin (saying that I was rendering this stuff to God), however, I had just become lazy. I would say stuff like, “I will read tomorrow.” Alternately, I would spend little to no time in prayer or they would just be surface prayers.
This Lampstand opened my eyes. Jesus has, does, and will always call me out on my stuff. So, for the past couple of weeks, I have been actively falling back in love with the love that I had abandoned. My prayer is deeper, I am spending loads more time in God’s Word, and I am serving at our local food pantry (where upon sharing this photo and story with the director and her husband has opened a door for me to be able to share the Gospel with others whom are volunteering there).
Maybe you are now just seeing this picture. My prayer is that our Father will use it the same way in your life as He has been using it in mine.
Now may our FATHER bless you with more grace, more mercy, more love and more of Him. In Jesus name, amen!