Strengthen What Remains

"Be watchful, and strengthen the things which remain, that are ready to die..." (Revelation 3:2).

The Church is the spiritual "Body of Christ" (1 Corinthians 12:27), and like the physical body, some parts are doing better than others. However, if enough parts cease to function properly or work at all, the accumulative effect would be certain death. As Jesus said, our only hope is to strengthen what remains (v.2). But what does this mean?

First, this is a command to obey. The command to strengthen existing ministries is no less a command than the Ten Commandments. With your head, do the logical thing.

Second, this is a choice to make. The word "strengthen" means "to nurture." Like a loving mother for a helpless little baby, when neglected ministries cry in our ears, we should choose to respond. With your heart, do the loving thing.

Third, this is a course to follow. An offer to help is not a one-time proposition. Meeting needs should be a habit, a lifestyle, a course of action that is regular and predictable. With your hands, do the loyal thing.

Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do. —John Wooden