There are some games that children and people play which require the player to start over if they do not perform a specific requirement in the game. Is this ever true of us spiritually as believers or as a church?
When Paul went to Ephesus, he discovered that their initial introduction to the gospel had left out a very important piece; the Holy Spirit. Though they had been baptized, it was not the baptism Jesus left with the disciples (Matthew 28:19). As they received the gospel of grace through Paul, they were baptized again and immediately received the Holy Spirit (Acts 19:1-7). RESTART!
Later in the progress of this same church, they were told to RESTART. This church had worked hard, been patient, and did not put up with evil men or false teachers. Through all this and more, they had not grown weary. But Jesus had some stinging words for them. “But I have this against you, that you have abandoned the love you had at first. Remember therefore from 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” (Revelation 2:4–5). Their condition was serious!
What would Jesus say today if He were to enter any one of our churches. From what I have seen from my limited perspective, I think there are many churches Jesus would tell, “START OVER!” Go back to the biblical principles that made your foundation. For some, this would be horrendous. Jesus is asking the same thing He asked Ephesus, “Remember therefore from where you have fallen.” If we fail to examine how we have been building on the foundation (1 Corinthians 3:11-15), we will suffer loss or the light we think we have will be removed. Since none of us are exempt from the watchful eye of the Lord, it is critical that we heed His warning, repent and RESTART! For the believer or church who accepts His rebuke, Jesus promises life.
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