“I know your works, your toil and your patient endurance, and how you cannot bear with those who are evil, but have tested those who call themselves apostles and are not, and found them to be false. I know you are enduring patiently and bearing up for my name’s sake, and you have not grown weary.” Revelation 2:2-3
Have you ever experienced the satisfaction of a teacher or coach going out of their way to commend something you did?
Receiving that kind of praise can be rewarding and satisfying. To be seen and acknowledged seems to be an underlying desire of all humanity. We want to know that we matter to others.
Here, the church in Ephesus was the first benefactor of this attention from Christ recorded in the book of Revelation. Jesus is intentionally reminding them that He is aware of their faithfulness and it hasn’t gone unnoticed.
That must have felt incredible and encouraging! Do you know that He sees you, too? He sees and notices all your energy, your faithfulness, and endurance, even when you might feel lost and unknown.
Think back to that moment when you were recognized by that teacher or coach. Now, consider the reality that Jesus the Creator sees you, knows you, and loves you; not for what you will do, but simply for who you are. What a life changing revelation this is!
Does your life display attributes of faithfulness because of His love, not for His love?
Father, in today’s world of performance-based love, help me to receive and accept the reality that before I do anything, I am simply known and loved by You. May my faithfulness to You be in response to Your love, not in pursuit of it. Amen.
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