“This letter is from John to the seven churches in the province of Asia. Grace and peace to you from the one who is, who always was, and who is still to come; from the seven fold Spirit before his throne; and from Jesus Christ. He is the faithful witness to these things, the first to rise from the dead, and the ruler of all the kings of the world. All glory to him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by shedding his blood for us. He has made us a Kingdom of priests for God his Father. All glory and power to him forever and ever! Amen.” (Revelation 1:4-6 NLT)
John the apostle is on the island of Patmos writing the seven churches in a region know as Asia Minor (which is now part southwest Turkey today) God saw the good and bad in each church and He had a message for each of them.
The Church In Sardis “I know all the things you do, and that you have a reputation for being alive—but you are dead. Wake up! Strengthen what little remains, for even what is left is almost dead. I find that your actions do not meet the requirements of my God. Go back to what you heard and believed at first; hold to it firmly. Repent and turn to me again. If you don’t wake up, I will come to you suddenly, as unexpected as a thief. “Yet there are some in the church in Sardis who have not soiled their clothes with evil. They will walk with me in white, for they are worthy. All who are victorious will be clothed in white. I will never erase their names from the Book of Life, but I will announce before my Father and his angels that they are mine. “Anyone with ears to hear must listen to the Spirit and understand what he is saying to the churches.” (Revelation 3:2-6 NLT)
Let’s get straight to the point. The Church in Sardis is dead, what little life is left is dying. They were known for life but things have changed. Christ calls them revive what life is left. Their actions don’t please God. It’s time to return to Christ, and let Him restore them. Those that are still walking faithfully will receive there reward for their faithfulness. Those that don’t wake up will suffer the consequences.
Is you Christian walk dead. At one point mine was. I was on a path of self destruction, but God stepped in and gave me a yearlong reality check (that’s for another morning coffee.) It woke me up and I realized how much I needed God. This is your reality check WAKE UP! THE WAY YOU ARE LIVING IS GOING TO DISTROY YOU! Plug back into Christ the ultimate source of life! For you who have been faithful in a dead situation. Continue your faithfulness; you will receive your reward.
Much Love & God Bless
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Song to Listen to: Wrap Me In Your Arms by Freddy Rodriguez https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rr4XfAc1JBo