Read and keep the words

Charles Box on Rev 1.1-3:

John said, “Blessed is he that readeth, and they that hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written therein: for the time is at hand.” (Revelation 1:3) He said, “Blessed is he that readeth.” It is a blessing to be permitted to read the Revelation of God. This may be a reference to public reading because the next statement has to do with those “that hear the words of this prophecy.” We learn God”s will by reading, hearing, studying and meditation. Those who have the opportunity to become acquainted with God”s revelation are highly favored. The readers and hearers must also “keep those things which are written therein.” None can be right with God who does not obey those things that are their duty. The psalmist said of God”s commandments, “Moreover by them is thy servant warned: and in keeping of them there is great reward.” (Psalms 19:11) Our heavenly hope is in knowing and doing the will of God.

We just don’t realize how blessed we are to have many good versions and tools to understand the Word of God. People don’t take advantage of them. And still it comes down to knowing and doing. Knowledge alone is nothing.

When he’s bad, he’s awful

Like several other writers I can think of, Wm. Barclay is great in so many ways, but when he is bad, he’s awful. His treatment of 1 Jn 4.1ff is murky and much off base. I’m reading him devotionally these days and was in no way edified this morning. Glad to have just the text of heaven by which to be strengthened.

No vague dream of perfection

You say you want to be like Christ. You ask Him to print His own image on your heart. Here, then is the image! It is no vague dream of perfection that we are to think of–when we ask to be made like Christ. The Catholic monks thought that they were becoming like Christ–when they went into the wilderness, away from men, to live in cold cells. But that is not what this picture suggests. “To serve“–that is the Christlike thing! Instead of fleeing away from the world–we are to live among men, to serve them, to seek to bless them, to do them good, to give our life for them! —J.R. Miller

Focus question: Who can I serve today? What can I do to serve someone? Can I ask someone else what I can I do to serve them?

God above who came below, show me a need that cries for fulfillment, a person who is not being served, that I might be that servant.