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A daily devotion for July 15th

I Know Your Deeds

To the angel of the church in Thyatira write: These are the words of the Son of God, whose eyes are like blazing fire and whose feet are like burnished bronze. I know your deeds, your love and faith, your service and perseverance, and that you are now doing more than you did at first.

Rev 2:18-19

Notice that Jesus uses, for the first and only time in the book of Revelation, the title the Son of God. There are people who claim that Jesus never said that he was the Son of God, but here is one of several places in the New Testament where he makes that claim very clearly. He is stressing his deity. As the Son of God, he has eyes like blazing fire, eyes that can pierce the facades, the disguises, the postures and pretensions of his people, and get right to the heart of what they are doing. He has feet like burnished bronze which can trample sin under foot and severely punish that which is wrong, if need be. Both are needed in the church at Thyatira. It is the most corrupt of the seven churches that are presented here.

But there were some good things going on in this church. Our Lord tells us what they are. I know your deeds, your love and faith, your service and your perseverance. Those are related. Love leads to service; faith leads to perseverance. If you love God, you will serve his people. You cannot help it. It is the sign that you love when you are willing to serve. And if you have faith you will persevere; you will understand that God is in control and things will work out according to his purpose. You keep at your work; you do not quit. So here was a church that had many people who loved God and served his people. They had faith in his word and they persevered. They helped many, and they kept it up. As others then got involved, the church grew. So the deeds, or the works, of the church were impressive.

That is the way a church grows. If you and I had been there at Thyatira, we would have been greatly impressed by this church. It was a busy, bustling, active church with some wonderful people in it who obviously manifested love and faith, concern and care for others. It must have seemed a very attractive church, although, as we’ll see, it was also corrupt. As a result, the blazing eyes and burning feet of Jesus will go into action.

Lord, you see through me and know that sometimes my deeds and service are a cover-up for deeper issues of inward rebellion. Amen.

Life Application

How can we manifest good deeds, love, faith and perseverance, but at the same time be so corrupt?

This Daily Devotion was Inspired by one of Ray's Messages

Thyatira: The Worldly Church

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