Revelation 2:9

The Revelation

At the beginning of 2020 we had to reset our priorities. A lovely dinner in a candlelit restaurant with soft music had to be replaced with hoping to get boxed (and of course we wiped off the box with an antiseptic wipe) mac and cheese on the table. Finding the perfect outfit for the conference was changed to a nice shirt for the Zoom meeting at our desk. We weren’t looking to buy the latest in travel accessories, ‘cause we weren’t going anywhere except to the grocery store to make sure we had enough toilet paper.

But those difficult days went way beyond inconvenience or disappointment.

Many faced job loss, sickness, even death in the middle of the pandemic.

Jesus has such encouragement for us during any difficult and challenging times. “I know your afflictions and your poverty—yet you are rich! I know about the slander of those who say they are Jews and are not, but are a synagogue of Satan.” Revelation 2:9

Jesus knew what the church of Smyrna was going through. He knew the state of their finances. He knew their afflictions. But He told them they were rich because they knew Him.

He knows what we are going through. He knows the afflictions in our world. He knows the state of our finances. Real wealth does not come from what we have, it comes from Who we know. All of our stuff will someday be gone. Our bank accounts, our cars, our houses, all the things that we can touch will come to an end and fade into dust. What is permanent is our relationship with Jesus Christ. Asking Him into our lives gives us the real wealth we need.

Knowing Jesus makes us rich forever.


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