Unto the angel of the church of Ephesus write; These things says he that holds the seven stars in his right hand, who walks in the midst of the seven golden candlesticks; I know thy works, and thy labor, and thy patience, and how you cannot bear them which are evil: and has tried them which say they are apostles, and are not, and has found them liars: And has borne, and has patience, and for my name's sake has labored, and has not fainted..
~ Revelation 2:1-3
Do you ever feel that the work you do is unseen or at least unacknowledged? How about your service as a believer and as part of the church of Jesus? In reality, Jesus knows exactly what’s happening in church communities—he even knows them better than they know themselves.
In this personal letter to the church in Ephesus, Jesus reveals how close he is to this community of believers. He identifies himself as the One who “holds the seven stars in his right hand and walks among the seven golden lampstands.” In a figurative way, Jesus expresses that he holds these churches in the grip of his hand. And he walks around in the midst of these churches.
This is a picture of Jesus intentionally being close to each congregation. Jesus is so close that he knows us in all our ways.
Jesus knew the church in Ephesus, and he begins this letter with rich compliments. He says this church has been a guardian of the truth. False teachers and false teachings found no foothold there. Perseverance in the truth defined this church.
Jesus could say, “I know you, and I know all you are doing for me!” He says this about our church too. Jesus knows everyone in our church because he holds us all in the grip of his hand and continues to walk where our church serves.
Jesus is Lord over all, and does not confine Himself to heaven. He loves each of us and our church and holds us all in His embrace.