We tend to think of the word “revealing” in reference to ourselves, since we see through a glass darkly. But the book of Revelation takes up the cause of revealing Jesus and who He is and what is He like. We don’t know all we need to know about Him because Jesus was veiled in His human flesh. We couldn’t see His deity while He was on the earth, it was only afterward, after His horrible, torturous death and His dramatic, majestic resurrection that we could comprehend Him as God.
Jesus speaks of what displeases Him in His diatribe against the seven churches in western Turkey. First, He congratulates each church and then He blames them for His displeasure. In this revelation that Jesus gave to John on the isle of Patmos, John sees Jesus walking among these seven churches, which indicates the intimacy Jesus has with His churches. He is there. He is observing. He is correcting. He is loving them.
Do we sin in plain sight? Do we sneak candy into the movie theater, walking right underneath the sign that says “No Outside Food or Drink”? Do we walk the dog early in the morning so we can pick up a poorly thrown newspaper on the edge of someone’s lawn and take it home to read? Maybe it’s time for us to find our own little sins that we think no one cares about and sharpen our daily living to please God.
The Lord seems to know that this demonic force of Satan’s warriors is enough of a battle for the Thyatirians as He tells them just to keep on keeping on. Those that do will be given authority and power over the nations.
I’ve only hit some highlights with you about what pleases and displeases God. You can read Revelation 1:20 through 3:22 and receive more depth at what is required of you. We are ordered in several places in the Bible to be perfect even as He is perfect. Any sensible person knows that is unobtainable. Jesus is the only perfect one. However, we can keep persevering toward that goal, getting better and better until we take our final step into heaven at the moment of our death, and there we will find ourselves to be perfect.
Writing has been in my blood, so to speak, but when I surrendered my life to Jesus Christ and He told me to write, all my trepidations rolled away, and I began in earnest! After all, if God Almighty says it was His idea that I be a writer, who am I to stand in His way? My hope is that you not only like what I write, but that your life is moved by it, and that your party to Jesus and with Jesus turns your life into days of Heaven on Earth.