Slumps happen to the best of baseball players. In 1960, Mickey Mantle had a 0-20 batting slump. In Mike Schmidt’s rookie year, he batted .192 with 136K’s in only 367 at bats. Willie Mays had a 0-24 slump in 1965. Baseball’s longest hitless streak belongs to former Cub’s pitcher Bob Buhl who went 0 for 88 over a two year period.
Just like baseball players, churches can go through spiritual slumps. Although the Church in Ephesus had a great start, they “left their first love” (Rev 2:4). Thirty five years earlier Paul wrote to the Ephesians stating, “For this reason, because I have heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love toward all the saints, I do not cease to give thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers,” (Ephesians 1:15–16). By this time however, most of the believers in Ephesus were second generation Christians who lost their love and devotion for Christ. All Christian service must be motivated by love for Him. To regain their love, Jesus admonished them to “Remember therefore from where you have fallen; repent, and do the works you did at first.” (Revelation 2:5). Remembering, repenting, and redoing will restore lost love. As the Church puts love for Him first, all service will be pure and honoring unto Him. A loving church will always be a glowing and shining light for Him.Dear Lord bless our hearts with love for You. Amen.
“But I have this against you, that you have abandoned the love you had at first. Remember therefore from where 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 2:4–5, ESV)