Daily Archives: June 1, 2011

Deuteronomy 5; Psalm 88; Isaiah 33; Revelation 3

I have recently been reading a short business fable entitled “Bounce”.    The basic premise is that amidst the despair of difficult times lies the opportunity to use the adversity as a springboard for great reward.  While this story is fiction, the universal truth it conveys dates back to the Bible. 

I had just never noticed this theme in Revelation 2-3 before.  I have tended to dwell on the criticisms of the seven churches.

To the church in Sardis:  I know your deeds; you have a reputation of being alive, but you are dead  (Rev 3:1)

To the church in Philadelphia:  I know your deeds… I know that you have little strength (Rev. 3:8)

To the church in Laodicea: I know your deeds,  that you are neither cold nor hot.   (Rev. 3:15)

In each case, there is the promise for great reward when these various trials and temptations are overcome.

To the church in Sardis:  He who overcomes will, like them, be dressed in white.  I will never blot out his name from the book of life, but will acknowledge his name before my Father and his angels)  (Rev. 3:5)

To the church in Philadelphia:   Him who overcomes I will make a pillar in the temple of my God. (Rev. 3:12)

To the church in Laodicea:  To him who overcomes, I will give the right to sit with me on my throne, just as I overcame and sat down with my Father on his throne.  (Rev. 3:21)

Lord God,

Like these flawed churches I confess that I succumb to trials and temptations.  Thank you that you sent your Son to overcome this world and redeem sinners like me.  I desire to overcome as well that I may prove worthy of the rewards that you promise.

Greg (gmd40187)


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