“I, John, your brother and companion in the suffering and kingdom and patient endurance that are ours in Jesus, was on the island of Patmos because of the word of God and the testimony of Jesus.”
when a sense of entitlement threatens to steal my joy, because outcomes aren’t what i’d hoped they’d be, or because i’m being treated as a servant or because the job at hand is hard and requires sacrifice,
being reminded by the One who is my Master, what it is i signed up for as His servant, His child, His follower,
restores my joy
and refreshes my soul
for, like John, i signed up to be a brother and companion in the suffering and kingdom and patient endurance. this is what is mine in Christ Jesus.
it is a hope-filled calling, surrounded by a great cloud of witnesses.
Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe, for our God is a consuming fire.
to draw further in: Revelation 1; Hebrews 10:19-12:28, 13:20-21; Ephesians 1:15-23, 3:14-21