Revelation – Jesus IS Coming Back!
We feel good when a meal is prepared and eaten heartily with nothing wasted after consumption. We feel success when we can use products that deliver what they promised so nothing is wasted. There is satisfaction when we use all we have been given to manage with nothing wasted. Most of us do not like to waste food, gas for vehicles, or things that have purpose. As God followers, we desire that our time on the tasks God has invited us to be and do with Him not be wasted. Guess what? It’s not.
Satan tries to tell us daily that what we have done or are doing is a waste of time. Are these some of the thoughts you have had? (Maybe it’s just me, but I doubt it.)
People are not hearing what you say about God, so why bother.
You tried it once, why try again?
God is asking the impossible of you, so back out now.
Doing this is a waste of time. Who really cares or notices if the restrooms are clean and the trash is taken out at church?
Why invite someone in your neighborhood you know won’t come with you to church? It’s a waste of time to ask.
Why spend all these hours in preparation for Sunday when only a few will appreciate the work? I could be doing fun stuff.
They won’t really care if I don’t show up…It’s a waste of time.
Why are you stepping into a ministry no one else will do? This is such a waste of time and energy of your giftedness and abilities. (We were actually told that by humans.)
The above thoughts are brought to you by Satan. Now, read and hear Truth. In our passage today, God reveals to us, “None of what they’ve done is wasted; God blesses them for it all in the end.” That’s for us, too!!!
NONE of who we are and what we do in Jesus Name, called by God’s invitation to do it, is wasted. Nada, none, zilch. It all counts for His glory. Nothing goes beyond HIS notice. That’s WHO we do it for in the first place…not for our glory or the comfort of others. We do it, by God’s Holy Spirit in us, unto God, for God, with God as an offering of worship to God! Most people notice when you are doing what you do for God. It is Christ in us that draws people to Him!
If you hear nothing else in this vision of the revelation of Jesus Christ, get this; NOTHING IS WASTED.
Be encouraged with courage to keep doing what God has invited you to be and do, knowing nothing is wasted. God uses ALL for His glory.
One more thought…
God uses all of our life experiences for the next wonderful task He is getting us ready to do with Him. Nothing, absolutely nothing in our lives is wasted.
Revelation 14, The Message
A Perfect Offering
14 1-2 I saw—it took my breath away!—the Lamb standing on Mount Zion, 144,000 standing there with him, his Name and the Name of his Father inscribed on their foreheads. And I heard a voice out of Heaven, the sound like a cataract, like the crash of thunder.
2-5 And then I heard music, harp music and the harpists singing a new song before the Throne and the Four Animals and the Elders. Only the 144,000 could learn to sing the song. They were bought from earth, lived without compromise, virgin-fresh before God. Wherever the Lamb went, they followed. They were bought from humankind, firstfruits of the harvest for God and the Lamb. Not a false word in their mouths. A perfect offering.
Voices from Heaven
6-7 I saw another Angel soaring in Middle-Heaven. He had an Eternal Message to preach to all who were still on earth, every nation and tribe, every tongue and people. He preached in a loud voice, “Fear God and give him glory! His hour of judgment has come! Worship the Maker of Heaven and earth, salt sea and fresh water!”
8 A second Angel followed, calling out, “Ruined, ruined, Great Babylon ruined! She made all the nations drunk on the wine of her whoring!”
9-11 A third Angel followed, shouting, warning, “If anyone worships the Beast and its image and takes the mark on forehead or hand, that person will drink the wine of God’s wrath, prepared unmixed in his chalice of anger, and suffer torment from fire and brimstone in the presence of Holy Angels, in the presence of the Lamb. Smoke from their torment will rise age after age. No respite for those who worship the Beast and its image, who take the mark of its name.”
12 Meanwhile, the saints stand passionately patient, keeping God’s commands, staying faithful to Jesus.
13 I heard a voice out of Heaven, “Write this: Blessed are those who die in the Master from now on; how blessed to die that way!”
“Yes,” says the Spirit, “and blessed rest from their hard, hard work. None of what they’ve done is wasted; God blesses them for it all in the end.”
14-16 I looked up, I caught my breath!—a white cloud and one like the Son of Man sitting on it. He wore a gold crown and held a sharp sickle. Another Angel came out of the Temple, shouting to the Cloud-Enthroned, “Swing your sickle and reap. It’s harvest time. Earth’s harvest is ripe for reaping.” The Cloud-Enthroned gave a mighty sweep of his sickle, began harvesting earth in a stroke.
17-18 Then another Angel came out of the Temple in Heaven. He also had a sharp sickle. Yet another Angel, the one in charge of tending the fire, came from the Altar. He thundered to the Angel who held the sharp sickle, “Swing your sharp sickle. Harvest earth’s vineyard. The grapes are bursting with ripeness.”
19-20 The Angel swung his sickle, harvested earth’s vintage, and heaved it into the winepress, the giant winepress of God’s wrath. The winepress was outside the City. As the vintage was trodden, blood poured from the winepress as high as a horse’s bridle, a river of blood for two hundred miles.
Dear Heavenly Father,
Thank you for this encouragement today. I know that when you come we will be judged by what we have done and by what we did not do. Transform us with courage for this journey. Train us to only listen to Your Voice. May all we are and then do be an offering of praise and worship to You.
In Jesus Name, Amen