Revelations 3:7-14 (AMP)
7 And to the angel (messenger) of the assembly (church) in Philadelphia write: These are the words of the Holy One, the True One, He Who has the 8 I know your [record of] works and what you are doing. See! I have set before you a door wide open which no one is able to shut; I know that you have but little power, and yet you have kept My Word and guarded My message and have not renounced or denied My name. 9 Take note! I will make those of the synagogue of Satan who say they are Jews and are not, but lie–behold, I will make them come and bow down before your feet and learn and acknowledge that I have loved you. 10 Because you have guarded and kept My word of patient endurance [have held fast the lesson of My patience with the expectant endurance that I give you], I also will keep you [safe] from the hour of trial (testing) which is coming on the whole world to try those who dwell upon the earth. 11 I am coming quickly; hold fast what you have, so that
no one may rob you and deprive you of your crown. 12 He who overcomes (is victorious), I will make him a pillar in the sanctuary of My God; he shall never be put out of it or go out of it, and I will write on him the name of My God and the name of the city of My God, the new Jerusalem, which descends from My God out of heaven, and My own new name. 13 He who can hear, let him listen to and heed what the Spirit says to the assemblies (churches).
I read today’s text at a time in my life I was feeling like I was giving so much for my faith and getting so little. It seemed like I was hitting my head against walls and getting nowhere. However I felt it was arrogant to assume I was doing that much. After all, Jesus gave His life. I could definitely not compare what I was doing to what He had done. So I was feeling guilty for the way I was feeling. Then I opened my Bible to this scripture and it helped me put things in proper perspective.
Apostle John would have felt the same way. He had served the Lord his entire life and what did he get for it? He was banished to die on the Isle of Patmos. He was all alone, left to die,when the Lord showed up in all His glory with a message for the churches. Life was just about to start again for John.
It felt good to know that He was aware of the things that were going on in my life. He knew I was making decisions based on my faith, but was still holding on despite the poor results I was getting. He recognized that I did not want to deny His name- that I was trying to live by His word. He referred to my holding on as ‘patient endurance’ just like His word says.
He also reminded me, though the doors seemed to be slamming in my face, He held the key to the doors that matter. He called it the key of
David. He holds it and opens the doors no one can shut, and shuts doors that no one can open. I got the understanding that I had no need to fear, because the doors would eventually open, in His time. He had absolute control.
Above all, I could have the expectation of a crown, specially designed for me. I have the hope of not just making it into His sanctuary but of being made a pillar within it, just because of the things I was going through at the time. That is such an honour. That means that in God’s scheme of things, somehow I matter. That, for me was mind boggling.
Are you in such a place as I was? Are you discouraged because you expect more? Do you feel guilty because of the expectations you have? Then take courage and comfort in knowing that He sees you and appreciates all you do for His name sake. He does not take it for granted. He will come through for you at the nick of time. The doors will open to you. And there is an ultimate pay day, when you will be gloriously honored. It is not in vain. That should make you sing for joy. It is definitely something to look forward to. Ck