Today’s devotion begins our examination of the message to the Church in Ephesus. Let’s begin with our text in Revelation 2:1 where we read, “Unto the angel of the church of Ephesus write; These things saith he that holdeth the seven stars in his right hand, who walketh in the midst of the seven golden candlesticks;” (KJV) As the Lord begins this message or letter, He addresses it to the “angel” or the messenger of the Ephesian church, which would be the “pastor.” There are two things I want to bring to your heart about what the Lord is impressing upon the heart of this pastor.
First, the Lord Jesus informs this pastor that His men are in His hand and must have His power to minister effectively. Notice the words, “…he that holdeth the seven stars in his right hand,” The effective pastor must have God’s power on his life to lead the church, to feed the flock that has been purchased with the precious Blood of Christ, and also to guard the flock from Satan’s wolves that creep in to destroy the church and ministry. Ephesus had some great messengers, such as, Paul, Apollos, Aquila, Timothy, and it is believed that the apostle John finished his ministry thereafter returning from being exiled on Patmos. Second, notice with me that the Lord tells this pastor that He “…walketh in the midst of the seven golden candlesticks;” In plainer words, the Lord Himself says that He walks in the midst of His church. Believe it or not, when we’re having service, the Lord is watching, listening, inspecting, waiting, offering Himself, and determining what’s being done with His Word because He is in the midst of His churches. I’m sure this enlightenment from the Lord affected the heart of this pastor as it should every true man of God as well.
Pastor Joey Durham