September 20, 2019

A Few People

Revelation 3:4-6

“Yet you have a few people in Sardis who have not soiled their clothes. . . .”

—  Revelation 3:4

As he continues in his letter to the church in Sardis, Jesus speaks with love and care for the few faithful believers who remain. Sardis has a “reputation of being alive,” but for some reason only a few members are actually faithful.

Are you part of a church that has felt the effects of change? Maybe your church once was big and bustling with many ministries, but now you are part of a small remnant. Has the main body of believers drifted away or lost its drive? There are many reasons for declining numbers and changes in membership. For the few people who still love to worship and serve the Savior in that church, changes like these can hurt deeply.

Many churches in our global community are made up of “a few people.” If you are part of a declining church or you are just small in number, be encouraged by Jesus’ words. Ask him for guidance and to help you remain faithful.

Jesus praises the few who remain faithful despite apathy in the community around them, or trends that may draw some members away. Though “the few” might not be seen as a “success” in terms of numbers, Jesus will acknowledge them. He knows who his people are.

This is a powerful encouragement to followers of Christ who may feel small and insignificant. Be faithful and know that the Lord stands with you.

Lord, thank you for your love and care for the few people in many places who love to gather and serve in your name. For­give us when we lose sight of your amazing love for us. Amen.

About the author — Jim Poelman

Pastor Jim Poelman and his wife, Linda, served five churches in Ontario and British Columbia for thirty-nine years. They enjoy family gatherings with their extended household of children and grandchildren—29 members in all—often creating lots of happy noise.

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