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Today’s Bible Reading is –
12 “Look, I am coming soon, bringing my reward with me to repay all people according to their deeds. 13 I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End.” 14 Blessed are those who wash their robes. They will be permitted to enter through the gates of the city and eat the fruit from the tree of life. 15 Outside the city are the dogs—the sorcerers, the sexually immoral, the murderers, the idol worshipers, and all who love to live a lie. 16 “I, Jesus, have sent my angel to give you this message for the churches. I am both the source of David and the heir to his throne. I am the bright morning star.” 17 The Spirit and the bride say, “Come.” Let anyone who hears this say, “Come.” Let anyone who is thirsty come. Let anyone who desires drink freely from the water of life. 18 And I solemnly declare to everyone who hears the words of prophecy written in this book: If anyone adds anything to what is written here, God will add to that person the plagues described in this book. 19 And if anyone removes any of the words from this book of prophecy, God will remove that person’s share in the tree of life and in the holy city that are described in this book. 20 He who is the faithful witness to all these things says, “Yes, I am coming soon!” Amen! Come, Lord Jesus! 21 May the grace of the Lord Jesus be with God’s holy people. Revelation 22:12-21 (NLT)
We studied this just a few weeks ago, so what should we add? Is the point of this chapter changed since our lesson has changed? The facts are still the same, those within the city are the same, those without the city are the same, Jesus is still Alpha and Omega and He is still coming soon: the penalties for adding and taking away are the same and the point of it all is the same. Yet one of the “Same-s” I mentioned should be different and the thought that it is the same should be a shame to us: has the Book of Life increased its Roll Call since just a few weeks ago by our labor? God Help us? We have lived weeks in His presence with all the benefits of His Mercy, Grace, and Forgiveness: His power has transformed each hopeless day into a Wonder filled day with unfathomable Hope and Glory… what have we done with His Gift? We look on those we minister to and give sour references to their dullness of hearing and their rejection of the Gift of Salvation and we talk like it is a terrible chore to bear a people that won’t even help themselves… I feel in my heart that God would have real and just cause to say the same thing about us because the description fits us perfectly. If I employed someone that did as much work for me as I do for God… I would fire that lazy outfit! I am sorry folks, but we should have a praise report of souls saved by our witness by now and I am looking squarely at myself when I say that. It was the last of last quarter’s lessons that had this same Bible Reading which was 4 weeks ago: God please help us get to working on Your plan… it is a whole month closer to the day you return. I am not happy with my report and I won’t be until I start making a difference: what about you?
Good Day and Walk in the Spirit!