Took a spin through the first few chapters of Revelation today. Often we focus on each church’s commendations and rebukes, but today I noticed a repeated pattern in all seven letters… I know your… this pattern reveals what Jesus notices in churches. Take a look:
In Ephesus: Jesus knows your true commitment to holiness. “I know your works, your labor, and your endurance, and that you cannot tolerate evil.” Revelation 2:2
In Smyrna: Jesus knows your true spiritual condition. “I know your affliction and poverty, yet you are rich. I know the slander of those who say they are Jews and are not, but are a synagogue of Satan.” Revelation 2:9.
In Pergamum: Jesus knows the reality behind the scenes of the context that you are in. ” I know where you live — where Satan’s throne is!” Revelation 2:13.
In Thyatira: Jesus knows the growth of your faithfulness to him. “I know your works — your love, faithfulness, service, and endurance. Your last works are greater than the first.” Revelation 2:19.
In Sardis: Jesus knows the difference between your reputation and reality. “I know your works; you have a reputation for being alive, but you are dead.” Revelation 3:1.
In Philadelphia: Jesus knows your faithfulness in the midst of weakness. “I know your works. Because you have limited strength, have kept My word, and have not denied My name, look, I have placed before you an open door that no one is able to close.” Revelation 3:9.
In Laodicia: Jesus knows the real strength of your commitment to follow Him. “I know your works, that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish that you were cold or hot.” Revelation 3:15.
Jesus knows us in our past, present, and future. Nothing can be hidden from him. This should give us both comfort and caution as we evaluate our faithfulness to Him.