An Open Door

June 25 | Revelation 3:8

“I know your works; behold, I have appointed an open door, which no one is able to shut, that you have little power and you kept My word and did not deny My name..” (Revelation 3:8)

I have been watching a lot of baseball in this summer season. When the pitcher duels out three straight balls the announcers usually talk about whether or not that batter is “green lighted.” A player with a green light means their manager is okay with them swinging at the next pitch. It will only cost them one strike.

For only the second time during his evaluation of the seven churches Jesus has nothing bad to say about the church in Philadelphia. They have been faithful stewards of the gospel, and so Jesus presents them with a ministry opportunity, an open door.

They have kept his Word and not denied his name. They haven’t allowed the world to creep in. Those who speak out against them will be humbled before them. They patiently endure tribulations, waiting for Jesus’ return. And he rewards them by sparing them from the hour of trial soon coming on the earth.

Jesus will make you a pillar in his heavenly temple when you stand for him despite persecution and tribulation. You keep his Word and do not deny his name. It’s not easy when others revile and slander you.

Action Step: Keep the faith and be faithful to him. No matter what people do to you, stand for Christ in a world of indecision.

Lord Jesus, give me the strength to stand for you. I want to honor your Word and your name even though others around me profane them. Give me your grace to love those who hate you.

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