I know your works, that you have a name that you are alive, but you are dead. Be watchful, and strengthen the things which remain, that are ready to die, for I have not found your works perfect before God. Remember therefore how you have received and heard; hold fast and repent. Therefore if you will not watch, I will come upon you as a thief, and you will not know what hour I will come upon you.
He who overcomes shall be clothed in white garments, and I will not blot out his name from the Book of Life; but I will confess his name before My Father and before His angels. He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.
The passion of Jesus for His bride, the church, is beyond measure. Consider His seven love letters in Revelation chapters two and three. Five of them are critical. But love is truth, and He wants His family in Heaven.
I encourage every Christ follower to re-read these revelatory letters. Ask God which messages are specific to you. Surely, some of them are. In addition to the deal-making and deal-breaking behaviors mentioned in Jesus' letters, consider other Kingly warnings from the Gospels:
8) Ignoring the Old Testament as irrelevant: 'He said to him, 'If they do not hear Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded though one rise from the dead' ' (Luke 16:31).
9) Denying Christ publicly: 'Whoever denies Me before men, him I will also deny before My Father Who is in Heaven' (Matthew 10:33).*
10) Remaining fruitless: ' 'For three years I have come seeking fruit on this fig tree and find none. Cut it down; why does it use up the ground?' But he answered and said to him, 'Sir, let it alone this year also, until I dig around it and fertilize it. And if it bears fruit, well. But if not, after that you can cut it down' ' (Luke 13:7-9).
11) Refusing God's invitation: 'They all with one accord began to make excuses... For I say to you that none of those men who were invited shall taste my supper' (Luke 14:18,24).
12) Losing your fire: 'Afterward the other virgins came also, saying, 'Lord, Lord, open to us!' But he answered and said, 'Assuredly, I say to you, I do not know you' ' (Matthew 25:11-12).
13) Coming into God's presence without the covering of Jesus (see Isaiah 61:10): ' 'Friend, how did you come in here without a wedding garment?' And he was speechless. Then the king said to the servants, 'Bind him hand and foot, take him away, and cast him into outer darkness; there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth' ' (Matthew 22:12-13).
14) Getting lazy: 'The master of that servant will come on a day when he is not looking for him and at an hour that he is not aware of, and will cut him in two and appoint him his portion with the hypocrites. There shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth' (Matthew 24:50-51).
15) Hiding God's talents: 'What he has will be taken away. And cast the unprofitable servant into the outer darkness. There will be weeping and gnashing of teeth' (Matthew 25:29-30).
16) Leading a church without God: 'Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites!... You also outwardly appear righteous to men, but inside you are full of hypocrisy and lawlessness... Serpents, brood of vipers! How can you escape the condemnation of hell?' (Matthew 23:27-28,33).
To Be Continued...
*When Peter denied Christ, he was not yet filled with the Holy Spirit. I believe this warning is for Spirit-filled believers who publicly deny His Truth.
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the The Question of Salvation series.