“Nevertheless I have somewhat against thee, because thou hast left thy first love”’(REV 2:4).
“So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of My mouth. … Behold, I stand at the door and knock: if any man HEAR MY VOICE, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and He with Me” (REV 2:16, 20).
“He that hath an ear, let him HEAR what the Spirit saith unto the churches” (REV 2:7, 11, 17, 29; 3:6, 13, 22).
The letter to the church of Ephesus (REV 2:1-7) is a stern warning to those who BELIEVE all the right things, are DOING all the right things, and even STANDING unashamedly for all the right things.
O Lord, rekindle the fire that once burned deep within our hearts for Christ, and Christ alone!
The letter to the church at Laodicea (REV 3:14-20) is a good reminder that it’s not as important how much “activity” and “noise” is taking place inside the “church house,” as how much communion and adoration is taking place with our hearts.
Unfortunately, when our lives get too loud and too busy, we risk losing fellowship with the One we profess to be serving, becoming lukewarm believers, and leaving Christ on the outside looking and longing to get in!
Whether we want to admit it or not, we eventually are shaped in the image of the loudest voices in our life—the voice or voices we are hearing and heeding the most!
As I read these first few chapters of Revelation this morning, I was reminded that hearing and heeding the still, small Voice of the God is not only one of the most extraordinary privileges in life—and potentially the most transforming, but our responsibility as followers of Jesus [JN 10:4, 27].
When we hear from heaven, we are rarely the same afterwards. The desires of our heart and the direction of our life is changed for good, and forever. And, isn’t this what the Christian life is all about?
A few questions worth pondering this morning:
- Is the Holy Spirit’s Voice the loudest and clearest in my life today?
- Am I taking my marching orders from the Holy Spirit and the Holy Scriptures?
- Are other “voices” drowning out the still, small Voice of the Spirit in my life?
- Who’s voice is guiding, directing, and controlling our life today?
Wherefore (as the Holy Ghost saith, To day if ye will hear his voice, 8 Harden not your hearts, as in the provocation, in the day of temptation in the wilderness ... While it is said, To day if ye will hear his voice, harden not your hearts, as in the provocation (HEB 3:7-8, 15).