I Know Your Deeds – Part 2
“I know your deeds, your love and faith, your service and perseverance…” (Revelation 2:19 NIV)
Conveying Jesus’ message to the church in Thyatira, the apostle John writes: “These are the words of the Son of God, whose eyes are like blazing fire.” This tells us that he can see through everything. And then comes the phrase that appears in almost all of the letters to the seven churches in the book of Revelation: “I know your deeds.” It’s not a judgment call on whether the deeds are good or bad, but simply, “I know what you’re doing.” In other words, “I know what’s going on. I know what kind of church you have. I know how you spend your money and your time. I know your goals. I know your strong points. I know your weak points. I know what you do every week. I know what kind of services you have. I know how you live.” What if the Lord were saying this to us? Oh, but he is saying it to his Church today!
The Lord goes on to tell the church in Thyatira more specifically that he knows their love and faith, and that he knows their service and perseverance. Love expresses itself in service, and faith helps us to persevere. Why do we try to help others? Because God fills our hearts with love. The worst thing we can do is say, “I love you, brother… I love you, sister…” and then block our hearts from what the person is going through. The church in Thyatira was not like that. They had a love that served; and they had a faith that was strong enough to persevere in the midst of whatever they were going through. And the Lord saw their deeds.
While it may intimidate some to think that the Lord sees our deeds, there’s no need to fear, for as it says in the words of the song, “the One who knows me best, loves me most” (“I Am Loved” by Bill and Gloria Gaither). By his Holy Spirit, the Lord will not only point to those areas in our lives where we need work, but he will also give us the desire and the wherewithal to change if we’ve put our lives in his hands.
To be continued…
Read Revelation 2:18-19.