27 December 2016
Reading: Revelation 1-4
20 Look! I stand at the door and knock. If you hear my voice and open the door, I will come in, and we will share a meal together as friends. 21 Those who are victorious will sit with me on my throne, just as I was victorious and sat with my Father on his throne. (Revelation 3:20-21 NLT)
At first it seems kind of intimidating to read about victorious conquerors sitting alongside Jesus on his throne. It makes me think that all the non-conquerors are left out—excluded from the throne room and out in the cold. In fact, all those who responded to Jesus’ knock at the door, those he rescued, redeemed, saved, will sit down to dinner with him. But could it be that those who are victorious conquerors will sit at the head table to be recognized as having played a role in the defeat of Satan and the rescue of others? I guess we’ll find out when we get there!
Here’s the thing for me to think about today: Most of my battles are fought on the inside of me. So when I’m victorious, I’m conquering something in me, mostly.
I battle against selfishness, temptation, laziness. I battle against feeling like I don’t measure up, feeling like I don’t fit, feeling like I can’t do what is expected of me. I battle doubts, fear, frustration, discouragement, weariness. These are my battles, mostly, and mostly they are fought and won or lost in my mind, my will, and my emotions.
I don’t want to get too technical here—these are devotional thoughts after all! It was Jesus who fought the ultimate battle and conquered first himself, then the world, then Satan’s power. But those who are victorious over the flesh, the world, and the devil, as Jesus was, really do play a role in the redemption of others, by communicating the Good News in their words and their example, and through their care for others.
I want to be a victorious one! How about you?
Father, I know I am secure in the reality of your redemption. Jesus rescued me. Only Jesus could do that. Now I want to do more than simply be one of the rescued. I want to be part of rescuing others. I know I have a lot to overcome to become and remain one of the victorious, but it’s what I want to do. By your grace, may it be so. Amen.