A Little Strength Well Spent
"I know thy works: behold, I have set before thee an open door, and no man can shut it: for thou hast a little strength, and hast kept my word, and hast not denied my name" (Rev.3:8).
The Church at Philadelphia was declared weak by the Lord Himself (v.8). His assessment implies the world's measure of weakness. Things like, meager resources, small numbers, scant social prestige. It all added up to quite a feeble presence.
But God entrusted his greatest work to them. As U.N. Secretary, Dr. Elfan Rees, of The Commission of Churches on International Affairs, commented in 1953 on the meager budget designated to assist World War II refugees, "It is some time since so few have been asked to do so much for so many on so little." But little is much when God is in it!
God opened a door of opportunity that could not be shut (v.8), while their enemies, empowered by Satan himself, strutted around as superior. But these pretenders were humbled at the feet of the true superior—the weak, little church loved by God (v.9). So loved, in fact, that God promised to fashion their testimony into grand monuments in heaven (v.12).
Now it's your turn. Are you spending wisely?
"To succeed, jump as quickly at opportunities as you do at conclusions."