Jesus Searches our Hearts & Minds
As we open to Revelation 2:18-29, we come to the letter to the Church at Thyatira.
That term Thyatira is usually a bit foreign to us outside of this chapter. To get our bearings we could also say, we are opening to the geographic area that received more of the books (epistles) of the New Testament than any other geographic area of the ancient world.
Have you ever thought about where these letters we hold were first sent?
This church, called from darkness to light at salvation, saved from the power of Satan and transformed into saints of God was slipping. The Lord on His inspection trip had seen something ominous. The believers at Thyatira were tolerating sinful teachers and teachings, and had allowed the infectious diseases of false doctrine, and sinful conduct, to permeate Christ's Body the Church.
Jesus calls them to repent, to have a change of mind that would lead to a change in behavior. This letter is a challenge from Christ for His children of faith to do what is needed on a daily basis: repent of listening to false teachers and their false teachings, and start listening to Him instead.
Daily Choices: Serve Christ or Not
Thyatira was being seduced by the false teacher Jezebel; and true believers in that church were called upon by Christ to resist all such evil teaching and lifestyles. Christ's message for them and to us today is: Stay pure; live for Me.
Every day we face this choice: serve Christ or the world. The letters in Revelation
have a timely application for our lives. They each emphasize why and how we must obey our Lord and Master, Jesus Christ.
Ephesus (2:1–7): “Remember that Jesus is jealous of your love, so lay hold of your first love for Christ.”
Smyrna (2:8–11): “Hope in Jesus through life until the end and trust Christ through your suffering.”
Pergamos (2:12–17): “Rest in the security that comes from clinging only to Jesus; and conform to Christ, not the world.”
Thyatira (2:18–29): “Fear the chastening love of Jesus so He will not have to discipline sin in the church.”
As it was in Thyatira, so it is in your life today. Daily you have opportunities to either please God or please self. But for a devoted believer, there is only one right choice: honor the holiness of Jesus by purposing in your heart to respond in obedience to Him regardless of the cost.
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