Revelation 2:2 I know thy works, and thy labour, and thy patience, and how thou canst not bear them which are evil: and thou hast tried them which say they are apostles, and are not, and hast found them liars: 3 And hast borne, and hast patience, and for my name’s sake hast laboured, and hast not fainted.
In the letters written to the seven churches in Revelation, we see Christ Jesus, creator of the Universe, the Son of God, The Messiah, making a very personal statements. Not only does he know what we go through, He wants us to know that He is aware of it. In all that we do as Christians– the struggles, the battles against temptations, the sacrifices of the flesh and the persecution we may bear in Christ’s name, Jesus knows it. He knows our labors. He knows the many pastors, deacons, Sunday School teachers, group leaders, cooks, cleaners and people who do the work, week in and week out to keep a church functioning, clean and active. Overseas, there are many stories of missionaries traveling across the globe to spread the Gospel, only to be met with sickness, hostility and little following. But they are just as victorious as the pastors leading thousands in a revival meeting. Why? Because they obeyed. We worship a good who values obedience over sacrifice. A God who wants His Children to do His Will for His glory, not for our own. Dotted all over America are churches that are sticking to the Word of God and using it as the basis of all their theology. Small, fundamental congregations who may not be on television, who may not rent out sports complexes or have Bentleys in their parking lots. But what they do have is a heart for God, to glorify Him, spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ and preach The Word accurately. They reject the apostasy and false doctrines plaguing most commercially-successful churches for glory of Christ Jesus our Lord.
In foreign countries, house churches are a beacon of light in many spiritually dark places. These small meetings, of sometimes 3 and 4 believers are just as glorious as the great mega-church conferences that take place each year. If not more so, because in many cases these believers are risking life and limb just to meet and read The Bible together. This is victory! Jeremiah preached and preached to his people and was ignored, jailed and beaten for his efforts. Yet he was no less successful than Jonah who ran from his duties, reluctantly preached to a people he despised and ended up leading an entire city to repentance. Because our victory does not lie in the amount of people we get to come to church, or take tracts or give money to our churches. The victory is in our obedience to serve God and live for Him.
So for all of you who labor, and have had patience and have shunned evil for the goodness of Christ, Jesus is watching. He is watching and knows exactly what you are going through. He knows what you are enduring. He knows what you are giving up to pick up your cross and follow Him. And on that glorious day when you can greet your King face to face, rest assured He will not forget your labor. Keep working for our Savior.