“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 2:5
Remember, Repent, Return!
If we’ve seen one thing from this passage, it’s that Jesus’ desire above all is for our affection. He is the King. He is the one who holds the seven stars in His hand and walks amongst the seven lampstands, and He is the only one worthy of being the true number one in our lives.
I wonder if your journey of repentance and forgiveness is anything like mine, often struggling to understand these words. For the longest time, the concept of repentance released feelings of deep shame and guilt, regularly leading me farther away from Christ than closer. Forgiveness felt like something that had to be earned, rather than a gift freely given for me to receive.
But this is not how God designed it to be! Here we see Jesus calling His people back to repentance, not for the purpose of shame, but rather, for relationship. He called them back to a way of living that places Him first–where works were free from duty and flowed from the depth of knowing and loving Him.
Today, consider the areas in your life where the Lord may be calling you back. Consider repentance as a joyful discipline, an act of love, that ultimately brings us back into right relationship with our Creator.
Father, Your Word says that there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. Please speak to my heart about the areas in my life that don’t reflect You as my King, and grant me grace as I seek to fully surrender to You. Amen.