During some rough seas in my extended family a few years back, I awakened one morning to a single idea; “Strengthen what remains.”
I felt it to be a direct Word to folks like Melissa and me who were navigating rough seas. Sometimes in the midst of great loss, we are deluded into thinking “we have lost everything” but that is a lie of the devil. We might have lost much, but if you had lost everything, you wouldn’t be reading this right now, you would have no one in your life who loves you and God would be dead. You see, as long as there is life, love and faith, there is no way to say we have lost everything. I have often heard it said, “I have nothing left to lose” but that is not true either. Let’s face it, things can always be worse and we can always lose more but it doesn’t have to be that way. It really doesn’t!
In Revelation 3, Jesus speaks to the church at Sardis. It was a church who had lost much more than it even knew and the command was to “wake up and strengthen what little remains.” Jesus is reminding the church that they possessed something upon which they could build if they only would! In the times in life when loss and disappointment seek to define and consume us, let’s heed the words of Jesus and rather than focus on what we have lost, let’s focus on what remains. By allowing what we have still standing in our lives to become a foundation to build upon, we find that we have far more than we ever imagined.
Take hope dear friends who are experiencing great difficulty and trial, as long as there is life, love and faith, there is always something to build upon.
-Rev. Shane L. Bishop is the Sr. Pastor of Christ Church in Fairview Heights. Illinois.