“To the angel of the church in Ephesus write:
These are the words of him who holds the seven stars in his right hand and walks among the seven golden lampstands. 2 I know your deeds, your hard work and your perseverance. I know that you cannot tolerate wicked people, that you have tested those who claim to be apostles but are not, and have found them false. 3 You have persevered and have endured hardships for my name, and have not grown weary. (Revelation 2:1-3)
Some Christians today seem to think that all churches should be experiencing good times all the time. Our local church, they believe, should always be a popular place for people in the community to go. Therefore some of these Christians blame the church itself when the church experiences hardship.
But there is nothing wrong with experiencing hardship. In this passage Jesus is praising one specific church for enduring these trials and “not growing weary.” Let our churches be like this: let us keep going strong even amidst persecution and trials, so that Jesus will tell us “well done good and faithful servant” when it is our time to go to heaven.