November 21, 2020
Scripture Resource Passage: Revelation 3–please be sure to read the Resource Passage
What does spiritual opportunity look like when it suddenly appears? Who is knocking at Heaven’s door? More importantly: Who is knocking at my door?
Heaven’s symphony responds to the rapping with thunderous sounds. Disciples are loudly cautioned to avoid temptation’s allure. Themes of judgment and eternal loss make-up much of the individual communiques to the seven churches mentioned in the opening words of the Book of Revelation; but, as almost always in God’s historical record there is also the invitation, an opportunity for redemption. However, we ought not rush over the virus-like warnings. They dominate the apocalyptic scenes.
It is the Christ—it is He, speaking to the churches. There must be no mistake that both resounding wrath and redemption come from Christ at the very Throne of Heaven.
Christ’s Book of Revelation is Scripture’s challenge directing disciples to persevere and when appropriate repent of sinful ways. Christ’s words announce judgment as imminent and redemption secure. Christ’s Revelation decries the death of that which should be holy—the witness of God’s churches. There is also opportunity. All is not lost. All hope is not gone. Redemption is not forfeit.
In the midst of harsh judgment, we are not surprised to discover Christ’s blessed words of opportunity. Wrapped in the package and securely proclaimed are promises of a disciple’s opportunities to be re-directed into a faithful life.
Christ speaks and John writes, “Wake up! Strengthen what remains and is about to die, for I have found your deeds unfinished in the sight of my God. Remember, therefore, what you have received and heard; hold it fast, and repent” (Revelation 3:2-3a).
Friends, I trust you see the opportunity being offered to the disciples of the city of Sardis. The same opportunity theme likewise appears for the church which meets in Philadelphia. Christ speaks and John writes, “I know your deeds. See, I have placed before you an open door that no one can shut. I know that you have little strength, yet you have kept my word and have not denied my name” (Revelation 3:8).The words of Christ remain ominous and hopeful—blended into the reality of a virus afflicted struggling life—the opportunities to change.
Life Application: Is God providing you with an opportunity to return to your life as a disciple, using the opportunities of today?