Friday, December 11, 2009

Revelation 2:18-29

Today's reading is about the letter written to the Church in Thyatira. For the most part, the people of Thyatira seem to be in good shape, doing the right things. There are those who have slipped, and Jesus addresses those. In verse 24, he turns to those who have stayed faithful to his teachings. He tells them simply to "...hold fast to what you have until I come."

I'm pretty sure Jesus isn't telling them to hold onto material possessions they may have. He's telling them to hold fast to him, to his teachings and to his love. It's a message of hope and neverending love. In reading this, I get an image in my hand of a giant hand, reaching down from the sky to pick us up.

The Christian band "Mercy Me" has a song called "Hold Fast". Here are the lyrics:

To everyone who's hurting
To those who've had enough
To all the undeserving
(That should cover all of us)
Please do not let go
I promise there is hope

Hold Fast
Help is on the way
Hold fast
He's come to save the day
What I've learned in my life
One thing greater than my strife
Is His grasp
So hold fast

Will this season ever pass?
Can we stop this ride?
Will we see the sun at last?
Or could this be out lot in life?
Please do not let go
I promise you there's hope

The one line above that stands out to me is the phrase "One thing greater than my strife is his grasp." It doesn't matter what you are going through. His love and the hope He offers is always bigger.

So hold fast.

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