The church in Ephesus had left its first love. They had strayed away from the most important thing, to love the Lord God with all their heart, soul and mind. They had allowed other things to take God’s most important spot in their lives and in their church.
Revelation 2:4-5 NKJV
“Nevertheless I have this against you, that you have left your first love. Remember therefore from where you have fallen; repent and do the first works, or else I will come to you quickly and remove your lampstand from its place – unless you repent.”
There are many that do the same as the Galatians. They try to honor God with their lips while their hearts are far from Him. They like the celebration and all its trimming, but they don’t love God. Nor do they respect or reverence Him. For the majority of the people in this world God is no where to be found in their holiday celebrations. Man has taken holy days and perverted them to be what He wants them to be and not what God intended them to be.
Matthew 7:6 NKJV
“Do not give what is holy to the dogs; nor cast your pearls before the swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn and tear you in pieces.”
We should not take what is precious and holy, and give it to the world. The world can not understand the things of God, therefore it (the world) will mold them (the things of God) and pervert them into what it wants, into its image.
John 14:15-17 NKJV
“If you love Me, keep My commandments. And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever – the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him; but you will know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you.”
1 Corinthians 2:13-16 NKJV
“These things we also speak, not in words which man’s wisdom teaches but which the Holy Spirit teaches comparing spiritual things with spiritual. But the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; nor can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned. But he who is spiritual judges all things, yet he himself is rightly judged by no one. For who has know the mind of the Lord that he may instruct Him? But we have the mind of Christ.”