An Overlooked Gift (Revelation 3)

“Because you have kept my word about patient endurance, I will keep you from the hour of trial that is coming on the whole world, to try those who dwell on the earth,”  Rev. 3:10

“Just 12 more shopping days until Christmas.”  This is the slogan of all the retailers in America.  Each morning I dread looking at my email account because I know there are going to be several emails that made it through my email filter.  These email contain any number of gift ideals that promise to make the receiver of a gift very happy.

However there was one email that I received this morning that spoke of a gift that is often overlooked.  The sender of the email was God, the email came (Not from a computer) but from God’s Word.  The email was entitled, “Revelation 3.”

As you know Revelation 2 and 3 contain Jesus personal words to 7 churches in Asia but also to all churches in every age.  These personal words contain both commendations for faithfulness and rebuke for areas of unfaithfulness.  In each of these letters Jesus gives grace in calling the churches that were rebuked to repent.  In each of these letters Jesus gives grace in calling churches that were faithful to keep on being faithful.

As I read chapter 3 I came away with this thought:  “The church even with her flaws is the best gift a Christian could receive, other than salvation.”  This morning I want to challenge you to think through the following:

1.  List the ways you have been blessed by the church.

2.  List the last 10 people you invited to church.

3.  List the things you are giving back to the church.

4.  List people in your church that need prayer.

5.  List the places where a church needs to be planted.

Carry it through:

1.  Spend time praising God for the blessings you have received.

2.  Pray for the 10 people you invited to church.

3.  Ask God to help you give more time, talent, and treasure to your church.

4.  Pray for the members of your church and for the missionaries from your church.

5.  Ask God to open the eyes of your church to its need to plant other churches.

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