“I know your deeds. See, I have placed before you an open door that no one can shut. I know that you have little strength, yet you have kept My word and have not denied My name.” (Revelation 3:8)
We’re studying the book of Revelation in our small group and even though I’ve not been there much, I have been reading along with what they are looking at. Last week I did go and we were looking at the letters to the churches and what was being written–both to encouraging and reprimand them.
In the letter to the Church at Philadelphia, the above verse stood out. The letter was encouraging those who had stayed strong in their faith against false teaching; who were obeying Christ’s teachings and standing up with courage against those who sought to lead them astray.
It talked about them staying strong, despite having “little strength.”
Many of us could identify with the feeling of having little strength–whether only sometimes, or always. I think sometimes it’s easier for those of us who have some chronic illness and who battle each day to keep going, to understand weakness–where others who are healthy, or healthier, may take their strength for granted.
If we acknowledge that we have “little strength,” what are we doing with that and how are we “keeping (His) word and not denying (His) name”?
It seemed to me that in light of our current struggles (whatever they might be for you)–they may leave us with “little strength” but we are still able to, use our experiences to point others to God; encourage those in similar situations to keep trusting; or by example, lean harder on the one who gives us the strength to get through this.
Our health may be failing, or our strength may be little, but we can “. . . be strong in the Lord and in His mighty power.” (Ephesians 6:2)
The letter says in verse 11: “Hold on to what you have, so that no one will take your crown.” I’m looking forward to receiving my crown one day and I want to be able to wear it confidently in the knowledge that I’ve stayed strong, despite having little strength of my own.
Prayer: Father God, thank You for taking our little and making it count for much eternally, keep us strong even in our weakness, as we trust in You. Amen.
About the Author:
Fiona Burrows lives in Melbourne, Australia. She is thankful that God walks each step of her life with her, and that He is teaching her new things as she learns to live with chronic back pain. She enjoys finding time for reading, writing, and photography, and to share those things with others. You can contact her in the Sunroom, or read more of her writing on her blog there.
God understands when we have little strength physically, or emotionally, but how are you “holding on to what you have, so that no one will take your crown?
This is a groups called “Kutless” and this is their “official music video” for the song “What Faith Can Do.” It talks of overcoming the challenges, finding the strength through God to keep dreaming. I hope it blesses you. -Lisa