The revelation from Jesus Christ, which God gave him to show his servants what must soon take place. He made it known by sending his angel to his servant John, who testifies to everything he saw—that is, the word of God and the testimony of Jesus Christ. Blessed is the one who reads aloud the words of this prophecy, and blessed are those who HEAR IT and TAKE TO HEART what is written in it, because the time is near. Revelation 1:1-3
Time goes by, but the human heart remains the same. Old issues often reappear. One can’t help but notice these truths when they read the first three chapters of Revelation.
Even though this book was written over 2,000 years ago and was speaking to the first-century church, if you took the names off the letters you might mistake them for Jesus addressing the modern church, including PC3. As a community, we can’t rest on what we’ve done and become comfortable. We must not lose sight of the mission that still lies before us. A growing relationship requires increasing submission.
Each one of us must tune our ears and listen carefully and attentively to what the Holy Spirit is saying to us individually and as a church body. Maybe this is why John opens his letter with a promise of a blessing to those who hear the words of Jesus and take them to heart. In fact, the phrase “whoever has ears, let them hear what the Spirit says to the churches” appears 7 times in the first three chapters of Revelation.
So, today I want us to reflect on some BIG questions: If God were to write a letter to PC3, what would He say? What would God commend us for? What issues would He point out that we need to work on or are lacking?
But, let’s make these questions a bit more personal. What is God doing in your life for the sake of what He wants to do through us as a body? How are you leaning into the issues of this world? Where are you contributing? Could God be talking to you in what He is saying to us?
Every ONE contributes something to everyone. Every person contributes something to our culture. Every part matters.
It will be impossible for us to become a great church without a shared sense of ownership. God has delegated the responsibility of displaying His love to the body of Christ. Each part of the body participating in this effort is critical in reflecting His image.
If one part remains unengaged, it lessens the overall influence and impact of the body. He has drawn you to Himself and placed you in this body for a purpose: to reach those you know and help them walk with God.
- “Whoever has ears, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.” How would you describe your receptiveness to God’s Word?
God, in the chaos of this world, I often don’t slow down long enough to quiet my heart and listen to Your Spirit. May I be intentional about doing this today. Speak to those places in my life where I am resistant towards change or growth. Give me the courage to submit them to You. Allow my life to bring glory to Your name. Amen.