And unto the angel of the church in Sardis write; These things saith he that hath the seven Spirits of God, and the seven stars; I know thy works, that thou hast a name that thou livest, and art dead.
Be watchful, and strengthen the things which remain, that are ready to die: for I have not found thy works perfect before God.
Remember therefore how thou hast received and heard, and hold fast, and repent. If therefore thou shalt not watch, I will come on thee as a thief, and thou shalt not know what hour I will come upon thee.
Thou hast a few names even in Sardis which have not defiled their garments; and they shall walk with me in white: for they are worthy.
He that overcometh, the same shall be clothed in white raiment; and I will not blot out his name out of the book of life, but I will confess his name before my Father, and before his angels.
He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.
I Know Your Deeds
Can you imagine being in the church at Sardis when this letter was read? Everyone gathered together after having been told that a letter had arrived from God. The church sat quietly, waiting to hear what God had to say about what was right and what was wrong with them. God began by reminding them that He knew their deeds and was aware of their reputation for being spiritually alive. When people evaluated this church, it was obvious that God was at work and that it was filled with spiritual life and power. The obvious conclusion was that God was pleased and proud, but the reality was “I know you are dead.” Although their reputation was that they were alive, they weren’t. They fooled even themselves. His challenge – “wake up!” He warned that what life remained was about to die. Think about how true this is for us. Our churches are not doing all they could or should. Could God say this about your life or your church? Our response? – To remember obedience and repentance. Do people think you are alive, but inside you know you are dead? As you take an honest look at your own life and your church, what do you see?
What signs of spiritual life and power do you see in your life and your church?
What signs indicate that you or your church could be close to dying?
What needs to happen in order to change it?
In light of this passage, what personal commitment will you make?