Today’s Scripture: And hast borne, and hast patience, and for my name’s sake hast laboured and hast not fainted. Nevertheless I have somewhat against thee, because thou hast left thy first love. Revelation 2:3-4

The church at Ephesus was in a beautiful, heavily populated city right on the coast. It was an elegant, white marbled city which boasted a colossal 100,000 seat amphitheater and was the home of the temple of Diana, one of the great wonders of the world. In the two years Paul spent there, all that were in Asia heard the Word of God. The church at Ephesus was careful about doctrine, stood strong against the immorality and pagan worship surrounding them, and worked as hard as they could. They were doing everything right but had lost one thing—the love in their labor.

We are saved by faith, but the Lord wants us to work, not to stay saved but out of love for Him and as a testimony to others. I’ve heard it said that the Christian ought to be like a good watch—all gold, open faced, dependable, well regulated, and filled with good works. Sometimes we work so hard for so long that we grow weary.

Dwight L. Moody once returned from a campaign completely exhausted with another campaign ahead of him, when his family said to him, “Don’t go, you need to rest!”

He replied, “I grow weary in the work but not of the work.”

We can be faithful and pure, but labor is no substitute for love in our relationship with Christ. We need passion, not just routine. Why we do what we do is important. We serve Him in love because He first loved us. Unfortunately, we are good at forgetting our reason for serving. We grow tired of serving the Lord and go into autopilot. In the process, we lose the wondrous excitement of the fact that we have been freed from the bondage of sin and hell.

Today, I encourage you to consider all that God has done for you. Don’t lose your excitement. Think back to the wonder of your salvation and the love of your Savior. Grow weary in the work, not of the work.

Devotional by Jim Scudder, Jr.