In Revelation we are told by Jesus that He was pleased with the church at Ephesus because of their perseverance and faithfulness to Him, despite persecution and adversity, however, He had one thing against them: they had left their first Love.
Jesus is pleased with our faithfulness, however, His heart yearns for our personal love more than what we DO for Him.
The greatest commandment was, “Love the Lord your God will all your heart, soul, mind and strength.” When Mary and Martha were visited by Jesus one day, Martha was angry with Mary because Mary sat at Jesus’ feet, fellowshipping with Him. In Martha’s mind, Mary was choosing to be lazy, but Jesus told Martha that Mary had chosen the better thing!
Our heart’s affections for Him outweigh our deeds for Him. Deeds are important, especially when the Lord has called you to something, but your personal, private time spent with Him in love is His heart’s highest thirst.
In essence, He told Ephesus that He missed their fellowship. Jesus also told Ephesus that He would remove their candlestick unless they repented and returned to their first love. We live in a world where ‘doing’ is more important than ‘being’. Doing has it’s place, but love, closeness, intimacy and time alone with Jesus means the most to Him!