BE FAITHFUL!


In the letters to the seven churches of Asia recorded in Revelation, as they were encouraged to remain faithful, we find both words of admonishment and praise. For some there was the need for a spiritual return to where they had once been. (i.e. Revelation 2:4-5) Some needed to wake up. (Revelation 3:2) There were also compliments for what was being done right. (i.e. Revelation 2:2) What is clear in all the references to each of the seven churches is that the Lord was well aware of what they were experiencing, what changes were needed, and what good was still being done. The Lord’s awareness should both caution and encourage us today. In that mindfulness is the encouraging desire of the Lord to continue His work through us in spite of our seeming inadequacies and what is going on in the world around us.In the letters to the seven churches of Asia recorded in Revelation, as they were encouraged to remain faithful, we find both words of admonishment and praise. For some there was the need for a spiritual return to where they had once been. (i.e. Revelation 2:4-5) Some needed to wake up. (Revelation 3:2) There were also compliments for what was being done right. (i.e. Revelation 2:2) What is clear in all the references to each of the seven churches is that the Lord was well aware of what they were experiencing, what changes were needed, and what good was still being done. The Lord’s awareness should both caution and encourage us today. In that mindfulness is the encouraging desire of the Lord to continue His work through us in spite of our seeming inadequacies and what is going on in the world around us.

To the church at Philadelphia we read. . .To the church at Philadelphia we read. . .
(8) (8) ‘I know your works. Behold, I have set before you an open door, which no one is able to shut. I know that you have but little power, and yet you have kept my word and have not denied my name.’ (Revelation 3:8 ESV)

As the Lord noted His awareness of the poverty of the church at Smyrna while acknowledging there was a sense in which they were rich (2:9), here we find the acknowledgment of the possession of little power while there was still strength to hold to the Word and remain faithful to His Name. This was in spite of pagan practices around them and the persecution they experienced.

In spite of what goes on around us, our calling remains that of being faithful! That takes courage. That takes resolve. That takes strength. We may see ourselves as powerless in facilitating godly change around us, but to remain faithful keeps our life standing as the Lord wants it and opens the door to revealing to those around us the truth on which we stand. Also, remaining faithful itself has the potential to one-by-one gain the attention of others who might ultimately be reached with the Gospel of Jesus.

To the church at Smyrna, Jesus had encouraged, “. . . Be faithful unto death, and I will give you the crown of life.”(Revelation 2:10 ESV) May we be of those and so ultimately receive what our Lord has promised as His truth continues to presently bear witness to others around us!To the church at Smyrna, Jesus had encouraged, “. . . Be faithful unto death, and I will give you the crown of life.”(Revelation 2:10 ESV) May we be of those and so ultimately receive what our Lord has promised as His truth continues to presently bear witness to others around us!

Have a great day EMPOWERED BY FAITH TO REMAIN FAITHFUL!

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