Rev. 2:2 I know your works, your labor, your patience, and that you cannot bear those who are evil.
In reading the initial verses of comment made to the church of Ephesus, it sounds as though they’ve got their act together. They worked diligently, they were perseverant and very discerning.
Could it be that all the positives listed about Ephesus were being carried out by duty and commitment, yet with the motive of love? They were doing all the “right things” for all the “wrong reasons”. The motive for activity motivated by a right relationship, love, with the Lord had been replaced by mere religious action.
In the midst of all we do for the Lord, let’s keep our motives prompted by our “first love” for the Lord.