“You have persevered and have endured hardships for my name, and have not grown weary.”Revelation 2:3
John Calvin preached over 2,000 sermons. In just a few years, William Booth and his Salvation Army ministry converted some 250,000 people to Christ. Blind composer Fanny Crosby wrote 8,000 hymns. Can you imagine accomplishing so much? These contributions and many more by famous Christians have had profound effects on bringing the gospel to the world.
Kevin and I have been employed in ministry for 25 years; sometimes we feel weary. There may be days when the work of “ministry” that the Lord has you in is overwhelming, too. In the book of Revelation, John speaks encouragement to us today. To the church in Ephesus, John was to say that their hard work and perseverance for the name of Christ had not gone unnoticed. Because their motivation was doing all for Christ’s name, they could carry on and not be drained.
Remember that the name of Jesus is the motivation behind your works. Are you worn out? Focus again on your “first love.” You are His first love, after all, and for His great namesake He will never grow weary of you.
“Till then would I your love proclaim/ with every fleeting breath;/ and may the music of your name/ refresh my soul in death.” (John Newton, 1774)