“I am coming soon. Hold on to what you have, so that no one will take your crown.” – Revelation 3:11
In this chapter, many churches are being recognized and being rebuked for their doing but for this specific verse, the church of Philadelphia was being branded as the ‘faithful church’. This is the church that did not receive a rebuke from the Lord. In fact, they even received encouragement for being a faithful church.
Even if they are small in number, they still faithfully held fast to their faith in the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. However, they still received warning to hold fast what they have so that they will not lose their crown. Jesus wants to remind us through this reminder for the church of Philadelphia that it is very important for us to really hold on to His promises.
Complacency in our Christian walk is very dangerous and the Lord knows that. That is why He reminded the church of Philadelphia and all of us Christians to hold on to His promises for it is our only way to succeed and to keep our faith by meditating on His Word. We should not lax and be very comfortable just because we already have the faith and the crown of salvation.
Instead, we should always nurture our faith and seek God always through His Word so that we will not be defeated by our enemy. This world is full of many crowns to wear. There are crowns that can allow us to have fame and popularity; crowns that can make us rich and will let us buy anything we want; there are crowns that can satisfy the desires of our flesh; and there are crowns that can make us invulnerable and can help us become the greatest person in this world.
However, God is reminding us that there is nothing better than our crown of salvation. There is nothing better than the crown Jesus bought for us by His blood. We may lose all the other crowns we can have in this world, but we will have the crown that means everything and the most important of it all, which is the crown of our salvation.
Therefore, let us be faithful in God’s promises and Word and meditate on it day and night. Let us not become complacent with our faith and become relaxed Christians. Instead, let us always dwell in His Word until we can say that we fought the good fight of faith. Jesus is coming soon, so let us be mindful not to lose what we have which is the crown of salvation. The salvation is indeed for everyone, but let us also be reminded that we can only have it if we believe in the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
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