“He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To him who overcomes I will give to eat from the tree of life, which is in the midst of the Paradise of God.” Revelation 2:7
Each of the seven letters to the churches in Revelation ends with an amazing exhortation. The words of the Spirit are the very words of our loving Savior. All seven letters were to be read to the churches, and all those who heard and heeded His words are told they would overcome. But what would they overcome? We usually think this is referring to overcoming sin, but here Jesus seems to be talking about overcoming a lack of love for God. The first letter is to the church of Ephesus and their main problem was that they had left their first love.
On the outside the church in Ephesus looked healthy, but on the inside they were unhealthy. There was something hindering them from loving God and others. They looked healthy because they were a hard-working church that loved the Word of God, but somehow their ambition backfired on them and the very things that made them look healthy were the same things that hindered them from having a genuine love for God and others.
How can we overcome doing the same thing? We must have an ear to hear and a heart to heed what the Savior says to the churches. If we do, then we are promised “to eat from the tree of life, which is in the midst of the Paradise of God.” The word “paradise” originally meant “a garden of delight.” Later, it came to mean “the place where God lives.” The problem with many in the Ephesian church, and in the church today, is that too often we listen to and follow people instead of listening to and following the One who loves us and gave His life for us.
The best place to hear and heed His words is in His presence. Join us Wednesday night at 7pm as we gather together to listen to and heed the words of Jesus to the church of Ephesus found in Revelation 2:1-7. God bless you all and hope to see you there!