"To every one who overcomes- who to the very end keeps on doing things that please me- I will give power over the nations. You will rule them with a rod of iron just as me Father gave me the authority to rule them; they will be shattered like a pot of clay that is broken into tiny pieces. And I will give you the Morning Star!" (Revelation 2:26-28)
This is a verse of hope. I read this and an excitement fizzes up inside. Imagine God giving His power to the people to rule over nations, to change the world, as it was meant to be. I read chapters one through four, and even the churches whom God spoke to had been doing some shady things. There is so much temptation in the world, so many accessible possibilities to wrongly live our lives. It is so easy to give into the world, forgetting the consequences. But we also forget what we are giving up. The verse address those who haven't given in, to those who have overcome their flesh and desires and have pleased God "to the very end." God trust them enough to give his authority, so that they can go out into the world and not be affected by the temptation because they have proven themselves to God.
To some people living their lives as pure and according to God may strike them as an impossible task. And yes it is impossible to be perfect and sinless, but I don't think that is what God is asking of us. I think God wants us to "overcome" the sins and transgressions we will face everyday. God knows we're not perfect, but I think what he is looking for is people who don't give in, who realize the sin they have committed and wholeheartedly try to prevail through it. And to me, that is one of the most challenging task we might ever face. How easy is it to just do what feels good, instead of doing what's right. I think because it is so difficult for most of us to deal with our sins and try to overcome them, God's gift of authority and power is awarded to only a few. It's a rare sight to see a man of God given power over the nations. But it happens! That is what should be the goal for all of us. We've got to overcome our flesh, and not just for ourselves but for the sake of all the people who have yet to come to know Christ.
Lord, how wonderful and powerful you are. You want the best from your people, and you award those who fully obey you with your power and presence. Lord I pray you give me your strength to overcome the ways of the world, so that one day I can represent you and all that is glorious about you.