Weekly Church Devotion from Pastor Haydn Sennitt –
The Fine State of a Really Faithful Church
In the last few years as I have been involved in ministry, I have met many people through the Internet. Many a time they identify as Christian, but there often seems to be something missing. They know the gospel intellectually, but they want to keep sin thriving in their life. They don’t rejoice in the gospel or show concern when it is attacked. They want me, and others, to bless their sinful choices – and want others to participate in with them. Their devotion to Jesus is flaccid, and they are at the same stage of maturity (or immaturity) as when I first met them years ago. And when they feel miserable and convicted, they blame, of course, ‘the Church’. The ugly sister of self pity grumbles her way into the conversation, saying, “No-one understands me; woe is me!”
What is the antidote to this attitude? In Revelation 3:7-13, the church of Philadelphia (which means ‘brotherly love’) demonstrates a triumphant faith. It had succeeded under very trying circumstances: you have a little strength, have kept My word, and have not denied My name (3:8). Even with little strength, look at what they accomplished! Jesus assures them that as a consequence of its faithfulness, this church will not experience painful trial: Because you have kept My command to persevere, I also will keep you from the hour of trial which shall come upon the whole world, to test those who dwell on the earth (3:10).
This is why it is so important to not just know the Word of God, but to keep it and not deny Him (3:8). This is why it is crucial to be ridding ourselves of evil things that entangle our souls – because eternity is at stake. Merely sitting on a church pew, singing the hymns, and being a church member isn’t enough or dry duty (Deuteronomy 28:47-48). Let us pray for a passionate, joyful faith that will survive Jesus’ second coming of Jesus (3:11). Jesus promises this to us if we hold out: “I will make him a pillar in the temple of My God … I will write on him the name of My God and the name of the city of My God, the New Jerusalem … And I will write on him My new name” (3:12). Let’s strive to have His name written on us.
~ God bless, Pastor Haydn.