In my limited years as a minister, a husband, a father, and most importantly as a follower of Christ, I have come to one inescapable truth. Things change. Sometimes it is dramatic like the birth of a child, or the loss of a job. It can be beautiful like a wedding day or tragic, like the loss of a loved one. But more often then not, what I have noticed is that change is slow, unnoticed. Often it is only after the transformation is complete that we even notice that it began. This is a fact that is certainly true in the life of every follower of Christ.
In my five years of ministering to youth here in Centerville I have lost count of the number of times that the students have asked for a study through the book of Revelation. I have always refused. Not because I believe the book to be unimportant, but because I understand how little I truly understand when it comes to this particular book of scripture. And so for years I have refused, out of the fear of teaching the students falsehoods, to even touch this piece of scripture. Recently the topic of our next bible study came up, and as expected the students immediately said they wanted to study Revelation. But rather than turn them down, I made the decision that it was time that I came to understand this book, to the best of my abilities. So I gathered all of the books I could find on the subject matter and began my study of this mysterious book.
As expected when it comes to God’s word, I found truth. Today I want to tell you about a passage the struck me powerfully in the midst of my academic study. It is found in Revelation 2:1-7, and it forced me to take a long hard look at my life as a follower of Christ.