As we watch others live in luxury, it is hard to stay faithful.
Kings seek after luxury and riches. Merchants sell their goods to get rich. Even sailors get rich from committing adultery with Babylon.
Babylon is a god. The god of luxury, riches and power. And she provides. Provides all the niceties of life. However, there will be an end to Babylon. God will throw down and the god of Babylon will be no more.
This is comforting to the Church. Because the very thing that makes those who sleep with Babylon rich, is what oppresses followers of Jesus.
Now, do not mistake being rich with being evil. The sin is getting in bed with Babylon. Meaning our pursuit of luxury, riches and power are so great, we give up being faithful to God.
Jesus is talking to churches who are poor because of their faithfulness to God. He is also talking to churches who are in bed with Babylon. This is a message to both sides of the spectrum. A sober reminder God’s people are to steer clear of Babylon.
We must remember as we walk with Jesus and walk in our culture, God will defeat the mistress of Babylon. Her defeat will come in a moment. In the end, we will not get the chance to pull out because we cannot see the destruction coming.
Remain faithful, even if those who do not look to be winning. Because in the end, the faithful to God rejoice and those who commit adultery with Babylon mourn over her loss.
Throughout this year (Aug. 2016-Aug. 2017), CrossPoint will be reading through the New Testament. We are doing this because we’re learning about the Church and the New Testament is the handbook for the church. Therefore, join us as we follow this reading plan. Today’s reading is from Revelation 18.