Hold on to what you have until I come. To those who conquer and who continue in my deeds until the end, I will give authority over the nations … just as I have received the right to rule from my Father—and I will give the morning star. Revelation 2:25–28
In the dark of the Georgia night our Ranger training patrol could sense that the mountainside was steep, but we couldn’t see how steep. So, we held on to the guide rope and kept climbing, never veering away from the path, all the way to the peak. Having conquered the mountain, which looked impossible at dawn the following day, we experienced an exhilarated sense of gratitude toward the cadre member who had preceded us and secured the rope that ensured our success. Like our Ranger cadre, Jesus has laid out a route for our success by leaving us instructions to follow and an example to emulate. His “yoke is easy; his burden is light.” Indeed, we “express our love for God by obeying his commands, which are not at all difficult to obey.” If they were, he would never have moved Paul to say: “The entire law is summed up in a single command: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’” When we look to Jesus exclusively as the mediator of God’s grace to us, we can expect to share in the administration of his kingdom and the joy of his presence, for he is the Morning Star.
King Jesus, help me remember that every step in my walk of faith is as important as the first step I took and the last I will take as I reach the top of your mountain.