As he finished up our look at the letter to Thyatira, Jesus reminds us that after revealing his truth, seeing the people wrestle with tolerance of an ultimate…
Triumph (Revelation 2:26-29) 26 To the one who is victorious and does my will to the end, I will give authority over the nations— 27 that one ‘will rule them with an iron scepter and will dash them to pieces like pottery’[a]—just as I have received authority from my Father. 28 I will also give that one the morning star. 29 Whoever has ears, let them hear what the Spirit says to the churches.
Truth is essential to triumph. Despite what opinion polls say, despite cultural trends, Jesus renews a pattern from Genesis 2:15- that for the remnant that will remain true, there is a renewed purpose– The Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and keep it.” God’s creation becomes our cooperation with God. Our purpose becomes partnering with God. In the ultimate victory that Jesus describes there is no confusion, no debate, just complete and under clarity. The greatest triumph isn’t just knowing about God, but being united too God. At the end of the day, not only is the truth leave us united with God, but the judge of any worldview is whether it works in the real-world.
The online magazine The Globalist ran a story wondering about what the future of India holds in store. Wondering in words they asked, “Can India be a global power when it can’t guarantee its own food security?” By some estimates, 50% of children under the age of 5 are malnourished, but here is the crazy part, India doesn’t have a food problem, they have a truth problem. Does your belief work in the real world? The Hindu religion teaches reincarnation in the form of animals. And so it is against religious laws to kill rats, mice, cows, and other animals. Every cow eats enough food to feed seven people, and there are 200 million “sacred cows” in India. If the people of India would just stop feeding these cows, they would have enough to feed 1,400,000,000 people. That is more than one-fourth of the entire world’s population.(Encyclopedia of Illustrations – #5530). It is as we decide to walk in the footsteps of Christ, that we get to live as God always intended. United to truth, rather than running with tolerance. Seeing people as precious rather than as products, seeing beyond race, creed, or color, beyond attraction or utility, beyond rich or poor, beyond which side of the tracks, or what baggage you might carry…In Christ we get to see the world as he first voiced it—to show we are disciples by our love—to tolerate and teach everyone, but not to tolerate that which pulls people away from God. Instead of anyone being overlooked, instead of just giving in and blending in, we can start to stand out and find power in partnering with God.
Dwight Eisenhower, who was obviously familiar with war declared, “There are no victories at discount prices.” The ultimate victory can only come when we decide to Go—All-In rather than play it safe. Jude 3—“Dear friends, although I am very eager to write to you about the salvation we share, I felt I had to write and urge you to contend for the faith that was once for all entrusted to the saints.” I have good news for you—We have something in the Gospel worth fighting for, something worth dying for, and something worth protecting.