Main Text: Revelation 2:8-11
Additional Texts: Romans 8:28-39; Luke 12:4-11; 1 Corinthians 10:13
The church in Smyrna may have appeared to be poor physically but they were rich spiritually. They endured a lot of suffering. Jesus charged them through John’s letter to remain faithful even to the point of death for they were assured of victory and eternal life.
It was important for the church to take this message seriously for when the real suffering happened only the strong would stand firm.
In my view if the church today was cautioned on the challenges it faces, some of them would be teaching of false doctrine. Remember a few years back, a Pastor would go on TV and urge his congregants and anyone who stumbled upon the recordings to contribute an offering of Ksh. 310 for their problems to be solved. Many fell into his message and sent the money. Another challenge is sexual immorality and loving earthly things such as money, wealth and fame.
James 1:2 encourages us that if we persevere these sufferings and struggles we will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love and obey him.