Friday, November 2, 2012

Remember whence thou art fallen...

"Remember therefore from whence thou art fallen, and repent, and do the first works; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will remove thy candlestick out of his place, except thou repent." Revelation 2:5

Have we fallen?

I think so.

I know I have, at times. For instance, I was just reading through some word files on my laptop last night, as I am getting ready to transfer to a new laptop. (yes, you can laugh, if you know how often I do this). Anyway, I  ran across some notes I took from different sermons in the past. And I realized something: I haven't been taking notes like that for a while. And the thought that I might be getting spiritually lazy scared me...

Do the first works? Yes. Think of when you first fell in love with Christ. Those first works that you did were from a heart of love that was on fire. So it was for me. But unless you put a conscious, determined effort into it, that can die.

I know this may seem unrelated, but it seems related to me right now. I am struck with the need to come up higher. The impression that good enough isn't nearly good enough. The feeling that, while working for myself, there has to be more to the life of a Christian than this.

"His law is the echo of His own voice, giving to all the invitation, "Come up higher. Be holy, holier still." Every day we may advance in perfection of Christian character."   {FLB 95.4}

As I ponder such thoughts, I must say that I am restless. Extremely unsatisfied with normal.

I crave, more than I can express, a depth in my relationship with Christ, that I have not yet tasted. A depth that cannot be shaken by the foe. A tie so strong, that no one can help but notice it...

I don't know the whole road. But He does. And that's all that counts. It will take effort on my part, yes. But I want to walk that road, every blessed inch of it, with Him as my guide and travelling companion.
Many times, side roads and dead-ends have looked appealing. They've seemed to be the right road. Only to end in nothingness.

But with Him as my leader, those streets will not be appealing.

It is my prayer that I, and all of Gods people, will remember from whence we are fallen. And, by God's grace, repent, and do the first works...

Oh, He is waiting. How long shall we keep Him?


  1. Amen! That is such a good lesson, Schane! When we come into the faith, we are on fire, with the message, but as time goes on, we tend to stop studying God's Word so much. And our walk with God dwindles! Let us never do that!

  2. Very good point! I can certainly relate to what you are talking about. I too have fallen and I too crave a deeper relationship with God, a depth that I have never experienced before. Thank you brother, for this reminder!

    1. Yes... oh yes. "Oh for a closer walk with God..." Especially in these times we're in. An interesting quote: "My heart is often burdened because so many who might work are doing nothing. They are the sport of Satan's temptations." {9T 26.3} I have to think part of that closer walk is working for souls like Jesus did. Can't wait to get into the work even deeper! :)