“Consider how far you have fallen! Repent and do the things you did at first. If you do not repent, I will come to you and remove your lampstand from its place.” (Revelation 2:5)
Can you remember? Can you allow yourself to look back?
Look back to the first time you felt the freedom of a clean conscience. The time when you decided to take that leap of faith for the invisible God in Christ Jesus. Simply find the time to remember.
You would have given your very life without the slightest sliver of shame or regret. In fact, you shoved away many things you held dear for the sake of His Holy Name. If the world would have let you, you would have held a press conference. And in your heart you proposed to abandon every wicked relationship.
But three things have happened to you since that moment. The desire for pleasure has crept in, largely with your blatant consent.
The shame of being different and unaccepted has left scars on your weak heart. So, little by little, you have compromised.
The diligence of work toward holiness has been diluted by a listless, “do nothing” attitude. Procrastination began its work in reading the Bible. Like a toxic mold it spread to your prayer life.
Primarily, these three things have left you vulnerable to that scripture above. Are you satisfied with your loss? Is your present “best” acceptable in your estimation? Are you sure the old person you will soon be will have no regrets about your choices to date?
All that is needed is to rekindle what you have lost.
By His Grace