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Be Faithful Even To Death

Revelation 2:10

Do not be afraid of what you are about to suffer. I tell you, the devil will put some of you in prison to test you, and you will suffer persecution for ten days. Be faithful, even to the point of death, and I will give you the crown of life.

IMG_0301Most of us have read or heard of the seven churches that the Apostle John addresses in the Book of Revelation.  One of these churches – the church in Smyrna – was given the above warning as part of God’s address to them through John’s writing.  God addressed several churches in the 1st Century – giving them instructions on how to walk by faith!

The call to Christians in this passage and many others is to be faithful – no matter what happens.  We’ve talked about that a number of times in Sunday messages.  Some of the early Christians were sold out for Jesus to the point that they faced physical torture and even death rather than deny Christ.  I wonder how the church today would handle the kind of persecution the early church faced?

How sold out are we?  How dedicated to Jesus?  How faithful are we?  Although grace covers our sins – we should constantly be striving to be more and more faithful to Christ and His teachings.  I am constantly finding places in my life that need more faithfulness – how about you?  Are there ways that we could be more faithful?  A stronger witness for Jesus in our lives?

Suffering for Jesus is not a popular thought – but – better to suffer for Christ than to suffer for not following Christ!  We are called to be faithful – even to the death!

Matthew 5:10-11 – 10 Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. 11 “Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me.

Just something to think about today as you go on your way.

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July 3, 2015 - Posted by | Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, From the Pastor, Leadership, Outreach, Personal, Theology | , , , ,

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