Lately, I’ve been working through the book of Revelation lately, and it reminded me of a quote from Matt Chandler’s book The Explicit Gospel. If you’ve yet to read this book, it’s a fairly quick read – so go read it!
The context for the quote is found in Revelation 2, verses 1-5 where Jesus is about to remove the golden lampstand from them because they have “abandoned the love [they] had at first.” Here’s something he said, which I found powerful:
One of the things we see happening early on at Ephesus is a raw, gritty admission of shortcoming and guilt, but somehow, over time, Ephesus had become civilized and somewhat cold and obsessively acute in their doctrinal awareness, so they aligned themselves with what was true but lost their missional edge. They had embraced an overly rationalized faith. Their head was in the right place, but their heart had not followed. They had the appearance of godliness but denied the power therein to produce radical affection for Jesus, radical repentance from sin, and radical love for a lost world. In the end, they were so proud and so far from the Lord that Jesus had to say, “I’m going to remove my light from you if you don’t get back to doing what you did at first.”
May we not lose our missional edge. I’m fighting for this in my church… will you?