Thursday, November 3, 2011
Sardis: Church of the Living Dead
Rev 3:1 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. 2 Be watchful, and strengthen the things which remain, that are ready to die: for I have not found thy works perfect before God. 3 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. 4 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. 5 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.
We like to have our egos massaged from time to time. We tend to think of ourselves more highly than we ought to think. Most churches like to think they are all that, when in reality, we are just playing games.
The church of the Sardines may have really packed them into the pews, but there was enough fishy activity going on among the membership which displeased God to merit a strong condemnation.
They had a few things they were doing right and there were a few members who were faithful, and that's what kept them on life support.
Many of our churches today need to heed the same warning delivered to Sardis, "Watch out, strengthen the few things that you are doing right, hold on to the truth and repent of your error!"
Indeed, churches are so concerned with massaging egos that they have neglected the teaching of the whole counsel of God. Time for us to get revived and do the work we are called to do, evangelize, baptize, teach and train.