I’m really loving reading The Message translation for my morning quiet time, it’s modern- language making well-known scriptures new again. Our pastor talked Sunday about liking his side-by-side Message/NIV version, and I wanted to say “Me, too. Me, too.”
Today, I’ve crossed over into Revelation, the book with a promise for those who read it — and who listen and obey what it says. There, in chapter two, Jesus speaks to the church at Ephesus and in the midst of his message asks, “Do you have any idea how far you’ve fallen?”
The church at Ephesus had “walked away from their first love,” and Jesus called them to realize just how much things had changed.
Change happens gradually, one thought, one step, one action at a time. Eventually we, like those fabled frogs, can find ourselves boiling to death because of the gradual rise in temperature. Or we can look up and find that we’ve traveled — or fallen — a great distance from Jesus, the God Who Is and Was and Is To Come. Prayerfully reflecting, realizing, and repenting is our path back to where we should be, in the light of our First Love.