These are the words of him who holds the seven stars in his right hand and walks among the seven golden lamp stands. 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. You have persevered and have endured hardships for my name, and have not grown weary.
This passage was written to the church in Ephesus but its meaning is not exclusive to that time and people. I read these verses and a warmth of comfort fills me. He sees. He knows.
Sometimes living this life can feel as though we are living in vain; that nothing we do matters or makes a difference. These are lies from the pit of hell. The One who is Truth and Love sees and knows and is grateful.