February 28, 2013

Revelation 1

Over the years, John learned how to suffer well. He had been banished and imprisoned on the Island of Patmos when he received and wrote the Revelation from God. He was living in a harsh environment for an aged man and was cut off from all those he loved and was treated with cruelty, reproach and made to sleep on a stone slab with a rock for a pillow. But John bore his suffering willingly. We never read a complaint about his sufferings anywhere in his letters or the book of Revelation. In what ways are you suffering for the cause of Christ today? Are you bearing your burden willingly? If you are not suffering for Christ today, perhaps you are holding back in some areas of obedience? Is Jesus asking you to evaluate your finances? Your lifestyle? Or even your relationships?