Revelation 3:11: Hold on.

11 I am coming soon. Hold on to what you have, so that no one will take your crown.” NIV

I was talking with a friend recently. We were reflecting out loud about how, when you grasp a liberating Bible truth (or it grips you), you have to fight to hold on to it. Today you might lie stretched beneath the warmth of its healing glow; but tomorrow it just might seem that bit more hazy. Today you really feel its power; tomorrow, maybe not quite so much, even though it is still true.

I have had moments of such startling insight that I’ve thought, ‘I’ll never be the same again.’ But I have found, to my dismay, that I can too easily go back to old ways.

It is a fight all the way, as the book of Revelation shows

‘But the sobering fact remains: the war is not over yet. Accordingly, the victory of faith does not consist only in coming to faith, but also in staying in the faith, persevering and growing in the faith.’ Henri Blocher: ‘Multiplying Churches’, p.50.

‘’The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full’’ (John 10:10).

Because of the existence of this ‘’thief’’ you have to ‘’Hold on to what you have, so that no-one will take your crown’’ (3:11) Constant vigilance will be required this side of the end, because your pocket could easily be picked.

A well-known slogan from several years ago said, ‘Watch out, there’s a thief about!’ All the good things God has given you could be at risk.