Thursday, August 28th, 2014
The Call To Overcome (Part 18)
The Faithful Church*
I know your works. See, I have set before you an open door, and no one can shut it; for you have a little strength, have kept My Word, and have not denied My Name. Indeed I will make those of the synagogue of Satan, who say they are Jews and are not, but lie--indeed I will make them come and worship before your feet, and to know that I have loved you. Because you have kept My Command to persevere, I also will keep you from the hour of trial which shall come upon the whole world, to test those who dwell on the earth. Behold, I am coming quickly! Hold fast what you have, that no one may take your crown.
Revelation 3:8-11 (NKJV)
I see what you've done. Now see what I've done. I've opened a door before you that no one can slam shut. You don't have much strength, I know that; you used what you had to keep My Word. You didn't deny Me when times were rough. And watch as I take those who call themselves true believers but are nothing of the kind, pretenders whose true membership is in the club of Satan--watch as I strip off their pretensions and they're forced to acknowledge it's you that I've loved.
Because you kept My Word in passionate patience, I'll keep you safe in the time of testing that will be here soon, and all over the earth, every man, woman, and child put to the test. I'm on my way; I'll be there soon. Keep a tight grip on what you have so no one distracts you and steals your crown.
Revelation 3:8-11 (The Message)
Every Christian wants to be counted in the Church of Philadelphia. It's not about location, but vocation, as in a profession of faith--and how it is expressed. Because 'The hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in Spirit and truth; for the Father is seeking such to worship Him' (John 4:23).
The Apostle Paul put it this way: 'Therefore, my beloved... work out your own salvation with fear and trembling... that you may become blameless and harmless, children of God without fault in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world, holding fast the Word of life' (Philippians 2:12,15-16).
Both Jesus and Paul said to 'Hold fast': to 'remain tightly secured' (Oxford Dictionaries); to 'grit it out' (Urban Dictionary). Because His church will suffer persecution, and this beloved congregation was tired.
Actors, models and talent for Christ: Have you ever worked, waited or run so long or so far that you wanted to give up? You couldn't see the end, and you had nothing left to give? Praise God! That's exactly when miracles happen. Your victory has never been closer.
Marathon runners call it the final push. When they push beyond pain and beyond exhaustion, they discover a source of energy most people never find. Fans cheer in amazement and wonder how they did it.
Your entry into the mission field of media is like a great race. Every year thousands step onto the track. Most are talented. Many are well-prepared. Even so, very few succeed. Why? They don't hold fast. They don't push beyond their challenges and waiting periods.
But you know better, because you know Jesus. He demonstrated what is won beyond the limits of human endurance: God and victory. 'For My strength is made perfect in weakness' (2 Corinthians 12:9).
Because 'Those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength; They shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint' (Isaiah 40:31).
Actors, models and talent for Christ: you've been called to beat the enemy at his own game. Be encouraged and hold fast.
To Be Continued...
* Letter to The Faithful Church: https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Revelation+3%3A7-13&version=NKJV
* Previous AMTC Devotion on The Faithful Church: http://www.amtcdevotions.com/which-church-are-you-part-8-the-faithful-church
* Additional brief article on the Faithful Church: http://www.gotquestions.org/church-in-Philadelphia.html
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the The Call To Overcome series.