I want to continue our devotion looking at the message to the Church in Ephesus and our text is Revelation 2:2-3. “I know thy works, and thy labour, and thy patience, and how thou canst not bear them which are evil: and thou hast tried them which say they are apostles, and are not, and hast found them liars: And hast borne, and hast patience, and for my name’s sake hast laboured, and hast not fainted.” (KJV)
In these verses, the Lord lists the accomplishments of this ministry in Ephesus. Remember, this church is probably less than 100 years from the day that Christ gave Himself for them and us on Calvary’s cross, so that would be really fresh upon their hearts and minds.
As vs. 2 begins, the Lord tells them, “I know thy works,…” and we can rest assured that our Lord knows everything about the life of the pastor, the deacons, the song leader, the Sunday School teachers, the youth leaders, as well as every member of our local assembly. He knows how much we love Him and He knows how much we love our self. He knows what we are doing for Him and He knows what we are doing for self-glory. He knew all about the church in Ephesus and He knows all about our church family inside and out. He knew their labor, or wearisome toil, for Him. He knew their patience, or their faithfulness in serving Him. He knew that they would not tolerate open sin in the assembly. He knew that they proved their leaders to make sure their testimonies were genuine and qualified. In other words, they had carried the load of their ministry and did not become weary in well doing. Ephesus was a separated and dedicated church, but our Lord’s next statement to them is what really matters to Him in the whole scheme of things, and we’ll see that in our next devotion.
Pastor Joey Durham