Monday, February 14, 2011

Convo with Pastor -Revelation 2:5

Jesus said to the church at Ephesus
Remember then from what 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
 
If you're following along with our Bible in a Year reading, today is pure construction. The people -- headed by Bezalel and Oholiab -- are paying strict attention to detail as they construct the ark, the table, the altars, the tabernacle, and the lampstands.
 
It was Israel's building of the lampstands that reminded me of Revelation 2:5. In letters meant to inspire faith and forestall judgment, it is clear that the people at Ephesus were not paying careful attention to detail. Therefore, the Lord was reminding them (and us) to draw back to the best days of our faith.
 
Individuals need to do this. So do churches. And that's really what Jesus is addressing. Since our Lord and Savior is the light of the world, the harshest judgment upon a church is to have its lampstand removed!
 
Remembering God's call and clinging to the purity of doctrine are the first prerequisites for a healthy church.   
 
Repentance is the second. Congregational repentance involves two things: 1) individuals repenting of their own sin, and 2) the whole church returning to its roots in God's truth.
 
Pray for the lampstand and Christ's light to fill all churches ... more ... and more ... and more.
 
In Christ's Love,
a pastor (and person) 
who tries to focus on
doctrine, repentance,
and most of all, light! 
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I love The Chronicles of Narnia by CS Lewis.  One image throughout all the book is a lampstand in an area called Lantern Waste.  In The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe the lantern guides the children back home unknowingly. It is there with it's light shining and beckoning.  Much like a church with it's lampstand removed, if that lampstand didn't shine in the woods the children may have never returned to their world. We need the light to survive into eternity.

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