Devotion: Tuesday, July 10
“And to the angel of the church in Smyrna write, ‘These things says the First and the Last, who was dead, and came to life: “I know your works, tribulation, and poverty (but you are rich); and I know the blasphemy of those who say they are Jews and are not, but are a synagogue of Satan. Revelation 2:8-9
All forms of media allow us to compare one church to another and then determine who is successful and who is not. When I read Jesus’ description of the church at Smyrna, I speculate that, in the eyes of much of today’s church, they wouldn’t be seen as very successful. Yet they were one of the two churches which Jesus had nothing negative to say. And Laodicea, which appeared successful, Jesus had nothing good to say about them.
I am concerned that in this day of church comparison, many churches, who don’t have a lot of people, feel as if they don’t matter. This is a lie from hell. There are no small churches, only small visions. God doesn’t honor numbers, He honors faith. Besides, the person to whom the small congregation ministers, is just as important to God as the person to whom the large congregation ministers. Whether a person attends a church with 20 or with 20,000, it is the same God with whom nothing is impossible. The call of each of us is to work for His glory, be faithful, and leave the rest to God.