You may be only a few members in congregation. You may have only a few dollars in the bank. You may have only a few members who are not terminally ill. You may have only a few hours to gather and worship in the building. You may have more debts than the congregation can support. You may be conducting more funerals than weddings yearly. As a result, they may call you a church of little strength. Yet what matters is this, that Jesus know your deeds, that Jesus know your sufferings, that Jesus know that you have not denied his name. Not that you can authentically ever do such a thing, for the Spirit serves us strength to hope and hope until we see Christ Jesus, the subject of our hope, face to face.
“I know your deeds. See, I have placed before you an open door that no one can shut. I know that you have little strength, yet you have kept my word and have not denied my name.” (Revelation 3:8)
His open door is the hope Jesus has served to your heart so that despite your reputation as one of little strength, your joy and your rest and your peace is in the name of Jesus. Your deed of hoping in Christ, hoping in the name of Jesus, hoping in the love of God for all mankind despite our situations and circumstances, such is the deed of grace in the heart of the children of God.
As Jesus had once answered, “The work of God is this: to believe in the one he has sent.” (John 6:29)
As grace maintains our hearts, the eyes of our understanding, in shape so that we breathe above our trials and hardships, we daily walk through that open door into the loving care of our God who provides and is the provision for all our needs.