Day 19

The Source of Life

from the Revelation reading plan


Revelation 22:1-21, Psalm 12:6, Ezekiel 47:1-12

BY Guest Writer

Revelation 21 and 22 paint a lovely picture of the promised end of our story, but we are not home yet. Our destination is certain and secure, but friend, we have not arrived. There is still work to be done.

Believers living on this side of the cross live in a tenuous “now” and “not yet.” Because of the resurrection of Jesus and the indwelling of His Holy Spirit, we can experience some of the kingdom now. The fruit of the Spirit is a present promise for those of us who surrender to His Lordship. We can enjoy and display love, joy, peace, patience, and kindness today.

We can grieve in a unique and gospel-centered way. We do not grieve as those who have no hope (1 Thessalonians 4:13). We mourn, but we are comforted by the hope of heaven. We can live in a fallen and fractured world without succumbing to fear or a fatalistic perspective that nothing can redeem the brokenness around us.

The call to persevere is the command for us to live as sojourners who are passing through to our eternal Promised Land. But we don’t fix our eyes on Jesus, the author, source, and perfecter of our faith (Hebrews 12:2), to the exclusion of others. We cannot ignore those around us. Not at all. I believe this is why Christ commanded John to write instructions for God’s people before He unfolded what was coming. Revelation opens with a clarion call to the Church, and the letters to the seven churches (Revelation 2–3) should still be the filter through which we view this “end.” We have a job to do, and Jesus expects us to do it well.

We must persevere in the face of crushing secularism and punishing persecution, passionately clinging to the gospel. When we persevere, we live with the same kind of urgency that moved Jesus to say, “I am coming soon!” (Revelation 22:7). We stay mindful that none of us—not our lost neighbor, sinful co-worker, or rebellious family member—is promised tomorrow. We and the strangers all around us are walking toward a sure judgment. One day grief will be no more, but that day is not today. However, grief does serve a purpose. It arrests our hearts with compassion and compels us to action. We ought to grieve what is coming and then live a life that proclaims the hope that Jesus’s death and resurrection secured.

Yes, the kingdom is both now and not yet for you and me. We can experience it now, and we must proclaim it to those who have not yet received it. And whether they persist in doing evil, as Jesus says in Revelation 22, we stay the course in faithfully preaching of the gospel in word and deed. We preach it now because His return is not yet. There is still time, and we must steward it well.

Whitney Capps is a national speaker for Proverbs 31 Ministries. Her first book, Sick of Me (B&H Publishers) and bible study, We Over Me (LifeWay) both release in March 2019. Whitney is the founder of Simple Seminary, a place for the everyday gal to learn theology. She and her husband, Chad, are raising their four boys just outside Atlanta, Ga. You can connect with her at whitneycapps.com or on Instagram, @whitneycapps.

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21 thoughts on "The Source of Life"

  1. Carrie W says:

    The readings today remind me of Psalm 1 — probably on the brain because our family has been memorizing it, so I see it everywhere now. :)

    “Blessed is the man
    who walks not in the counsel of the wicked
    nor stands in the way of sinners
    nor sits in the seat of scoffers,
    but his delight is in the law of the LORD,
    and on his law he meditates day and night.
    He is like a tree
    planted by streams of water
    that yields its fruit in its season,
    and its leaf does not wither.
    In all that he does he prospers.
    The wicked are not so,
    but are like the chaff that the wind drives away.
    Therefore, the wicked will not stand in the judgment
    nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous,
    for the Lord knows the way of the righteous,
    but the way of the wicked will perish.”

  2. Tricia Cavanaugh says:

    This study has really helped me to learn not to be afraid of Revelation. The feedback and comments from all of you sisters has been so wonderful.
    Until the day of Christ’s return, I will push forward, sharing Jesus at every opportunity. He is our Hope and our eternity.

  3. Sarah D. says:

    Wow EHH, what an incredibly beautiful prayer!! Love that so much, definitely praying that as well. So good.

  4. Sharon W says:

    I have been so pleased with Revelation and the comments you all have made. ✝️ I love the different perspectives gained from listening to your wisdom from above. ✝️

  5. PamC says:

    I’m thanking the Lord today for this study and for the lessons shared from all of you in the comments. I’m so grateful for all of you. Churchmouse, Angie, Shawn Parks, & EHH your comments today spoke to my heart. Thank you. I pray the Lord will keep you all in His tender care today.

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