He Will Stand With Us

revelation3_5“The one who conquers will be clothed thus in white garments, and I will never blot his name out of the book of life. I will confess his name before my Father and before his angels.”
-Revelation 3:5

Do you remember when you first heard the Gospel?  Or, if you grew up in the faith, do you remember when it first really sunk in what it all meant?

When we first receive faith we can be all fired up.  Nothing could ever cause us to waiver.  We are ready to change every aspect of our lives and ready to go around and tell everyone about Jesus.  But as the months and years go on, the cares of life can begin to dull that once vibrant passion for the faith.  At one time we were ready to give everything in our life to God, but now just giving up a day to sleep in on Sunday can feel like too great a demand.

For the members of the church in Sardis, they had received the Gospel with enthusiasm and had a reputation for being alive, but in their hearts they were dead.  They had slowly fallen asleep in the faith.  They had drifted back into the cultural they came from, not caring for each other, not avoiding idols… They were near the point of spiritual death.  God warns them that he’ll come like a thief in the night so they need to wake up!!

We may need to wake up, too.

If we are just going through the motions, if we find that we care more about the cares of this world than about God, our faith, and the faith of others, we need to wake up.  We need to hold onto our faith.

But this warning came with a wonderful promise!

For those who conquer, who hold onto their faith until the end, we will be clothed in white garments (a symbol of victory and purity), Jesus will claim us (confess us) before God and the angels, and we will never have our names blotted out from the book of life!

Dear Jesus,

Wake me up!  Please renew my spirit.  Hold onto me and give me faith that I may persevere to the end.  Thank you that I know You will be faithful, that you have purified me and put your righteousness on me, and that You will stand with me on that last day.

Amen.

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