Sunday, July 26, 2009

Being Rich in Faith and Not Afraid...

At our church, we are just starting a study on the seven churches in Revelations. Last week our pastor preached on the church in Ephesus. This week he preached about the church in Smyrna.

"Do not fear! Be faithful to God in your tribulations and even your death!"

The above charge that was given to the church of Smyrna hundreds of years ago is still a great charge for us today. In some countries Christians are persecuted for their faith and for them this charge screams relevance. For those of us that are not facing persecution the relevance can seem minute. However, fear plays a large role in many of our lives. When we fear we are worrying more about the problem or situation at hand than we are trusting the One who is in control of it all. We should continue our faith in God no matter what our circumstances are; we are RICH in Christ.

Rescued from sin and death
Inherited the riches of the Kingdom of Christ (I Peter 1:4)
Chosen by God to proclaim His excellence (I Peter 2:9)
Hope that cannot be shaken (Jer. 14:22, Titus 1:2)

1 Comment:

Elizabeth-Plain and Simple said...

Thanks for sharing this. I have to admit I am a worrier and I am constantly having to be reminded not to worry about everything. As you said I need to have more trust in the One who is in control of everything. Have a nice day.