Warnings and Rewards
In Revelation Chapters 2 and 3 Jesus gives warnings and promises to the 7 churches. As we read them we can see that they are timeless and speak to us today.
He warns concerning losing our first love, our love for and obedience to Jesus. Jesus warns against sexual immorality and idolatry or things that became idols in our lives and cloud our love for Jesus. If we don’t guard against these influences we can become like the dead church of Sardis, where worldly influences had crowded out the things of God.
But now for the good news. My goodness me I can hardly write it down it’s so exciting. Let me try to summarize. Jesus said that the faithful would receive rewards when we go to be with him in heaven. He talks about a crown of life, walking in victory in an intimate relationship with Jesus, completely forgiven and vindicated. Jesus will honor us, we will be God’s possessions forever, ruling the nations with Jesus and sitting with him on his throne. We will eat from the tree of life and dine with Jesus; protected and dressed in white.
Our names are written in the book of life and Jesus says to the Father, these are mine; these are ours. Wow, that should brighten your day up. The world around us has nothing for us; let’s keep our eyes on Jesus. The rewards are awesome, if that’s a strong enough word!