Today you should read: Revelation 18:11-14
If you have been following along in our series through John’s Revelation, one thing you have undoubtedly realized is that much of the images that we see, while a true vision of what will actually come, can also serve as a warning for us to keep in mind today. This passage is no different.
What stands out in this passage is the people’s lust for materials. It seems that this passage beats down the door of the American dream and is begging the American church to pay attention. It points us to the fact that our hearts are quick to desire material and worldly things more than they desire God. Verse 14 is especially pressing:
“The fruit for which your soul longed has gone from you, and all your delicacies and splendors are lost you, never to be found again!”
The truth is that the things of this world will never satisfy us. It is only when we rest in our identity in Christ that we can be truly content with who we are as people. So my encouragement to you today is to take an account of your heart. Do you value your things more than your God? In your prayers, do you spend more time asking God for things or thanking and praising God for who He is?
May we be a church who values the living God more than we value everything else in our lives!
Posted by: Graham Withers