Do the Things You Did At First

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The Grand Island East Channel Light is a rustic favorite for so many people who visit Michigan’s Upper Peninsula near Munising. It sits across the harbor from Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore and is the first stop for the many cruises that leave Munising Harbor every day.

The lighthouse, constructed of wood, began its service in 1868. But it was difficult to see the light from Lake Superior, and maintenance on the light was also a challenge. So it wasn’t long before more efficient and useful lights were constructed, and the service of the Grand Island East Channel Light was over. How sad that the lighthouse sits there, useless and without purpose, a monument of a different time and day.

“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.

This exhortation, originally written to the church at Ephesus, is instructing God’s people to not grow cold in their love and fervor towards Him. There’s a price to pay for allowing the world to creep in and steal our affection. We don’t lose our standing as a child of God or our eternal security. What we lose is our impact, our influence, our usefulness, our purpose. And most regretful of all, we lose the pleasure of Christ.

However, there is always hope and another chance with God. And that hope is found in repentance – recognizing that I have allowed the world and sin to have first place in my heart, confessing that to God and turning away from it, and returning to a life that is completely honoring and glorifying to Him. That is when my usefulness and purpose returns, and I don’t have to become like the Grand Island East Channel Lighthouse, a monument to the better days of the past.

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