Revelation 2:18-29 (NLT)
18 "Write this letter to the angel of the church in Thyatira. This is the message from the Son of God, whose eyes are bright like flames of fire, whose feet are like polished bronze: 19 "I know all the things you do--your love, your faith, your service, and your patient endurance. And I can see your constant improvement in all these things. 20 But I have this complaint against you. You are permitting that woman--that Jezebel who calls herself a prophet--to lead my servants astray. She is encouraging them to worship idols, eat food offered to idols, and commit sexual sin. 21 I gave her time to repent, but she would not turn away from her immorality. 22 Therefore, I will throw her upon a sickbed, and she will suffer greatly with all who commit adultery with her, unless they turn away from all their evil deeds. 23 I will strike her children dead. And all the churches will know that I am the one who searches out the thoughts and intentions of every person. And I will give to each of you whatever you deserve. 24 But I also have a message for the rest of you in Thyatira who have not followed this false teaching (`deeper truths,' as they call them--depths of Satan, really). I will ask nothing more of you 25 except that you hold tightly to what you have until I come. 26 "To all who are victorious, who obey me to the very end, I will give authority over all the nations. 27 They will rule the nations with an iron rod and smash them like clay pots. 28 They will have the same authority I received from my Father, and I will also give them the morning star! 29 Anyone who is willing to hear should listen to the Spirit and understand what the Spirit is saying to the churches.
Christ has eyes with piercing judgment to see the truth and feet weighted with bronze to stand firm against sin. Christ tells the Church what He appreciates about them and He even sees improvement in their ways. But they are permitting a woman to lead followers astray, as they are being tempted by sexual sin, and allowing idolatry to enter their lives. There is a call to repentance for those who have followed in her ways and suffering for those who do not. And for all others they are asked to hold fast to their beliefs in Christ until His coming. Christ has the authority over all nations and He gives authority as He desires. And those who obey He will give authority over all nations.
Are there people who love Christ, who serve in the mission field, who demonstrate their faith by waiting on Him to provide, and patiently endure whatever He has planned for them? Yes, there are many servants of God actively serving around the world who can make this claim. There are even many faithful men and women in this country who love Jesus, are faithful in their service, and patiently endure trials and hardships to serve their God. But like those in the time of the Church of Thyatira, there are also those who are lead astray by sins. Christ encourages us to be faithful, to press forward, to make improvements in ourselves and love Him with all our hearts. But He also warns us not to sin, and be lead astray by those who might tempt us. Do you face temptation in you life? Pray God would help you face temptation and defeat it. Jesus knew the pain of temptation; let him walk with you and lift your burdens. Ask Jesus for His help.