Hold On!

Steven Laman

Read: Revelation 3:7-13

[Jesus said,] “I am coming soon. Hold on to what you have, so that no one will take your crown.” (v. 11 NIV)

I thought I would have to be content just riding in the boat while others enjoyed an afternoon of tubing on the lake. Dad surprised me by saying, “I think you can do it, Steve. You are strong enough to hang on.” Despite my cerebral palsy, I got a good grip on the handles and did not let go as I sped across the water.

In the letter to the church in Philadelphia, Jesus encourages its members to keep a tight grip on their relationship with him. The Savior did not want them to become lazy, letting their faith become unimportant and slip through their fingers. They needed to hold on for a lifetime and stay faithful to receive their crown. That crown Jesus is talking about symbolizes a life race well run and a reward in heaven.

Thanks to Dad’s encouragement, I held tightly on to that tube and had a wild ride. Jesus encourages all of us to hold on to him no matter how wavy life gets. We can trust him not to let us drown. If we hold on to our Savior both in glassy seas of life and through rough waters, he will see us safely to the other side where a crown (our reward) is waiting for us. Just hold on! —Steve Laman

As you pray, thank Jesus that he is the only way to heaven. Ask him to strengthen your faith so that you can hold on to him.