Monday, August 24, 2009

It Won't Last Forever

Still in the second chapter of Revelation, we have the letter John is to write to Smyrna. Here we have a bit of hypocrisy upsetting God. He can see the church is filled with pain and poverty, but He also sees the wealthy members. He sees those who are pretending to be humble while walking around with their noses in the air.

The sin isn't in having wealth, it is in your attitude toward wealth. We visited some church members yesterday, and when I realized what neighborhood they lived in, I was surprised. Not that the neighborhood is bad, just that the houses there are huge, and the kids in this family don't seem snotty or spoiled at all. Because their family is genuine and giving and caring. They don't rub money in your face or look down on those of us who do not have as much. The church in Smyrna was filled with a mix of these people and the snobby people as well.

God writes to warn them of suffering to come. Satan is about to test and try them. It won't be pretty, but at least they now know it is coming and know what it is. This is sure to weed out the pretenders. I am comforted by this verse: It won't last forever. Praise Him, it will not last forever!

Heather

Are your ears awake? Listen. Listen to the Wind Words, the Spirit blowing
through the churches. Christ-conquerors are safe from Devil-death. (Rev
2:11)

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