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1 “To the angel of the church in Sardis write:
These are the words of him who holds the seven spirits of God and the
seven stars. I know your deeds; you have a reputation of being alive,
but you are dead. 2 Wake up! Strengthen what remains and is about to die, for I have found your deeds unfinished in the sight of my God. 3
Remember, therefore, what you have received and heard; hold it fast,
and repent. But if you do not wake up, I will come like a thief, and you
will not know at what time I will come to you.
glorified Christ of John's vision warns the church in Sardis that they
need to wake up. They had a reputation for being alive, but they were
really dead. Somehow they had let their reputation and the good things
they had done in the past lull them into apathy. There were many other
good things God intended them to do, but they were leaving these things
undone. If they failed to wake up and take their calling seriously, they
would continue to die and eventually suffer the consequences of their
Response and Action:
is God calling me to do that I am leaving undone? I need to be careful
to not become idle and rest upon past accomplishments and deeds.
Idleness and apathy lead to spiritual death. The Christian life is about
today! I must follow Jesus today and seek God's will today. There are
so many things I can do to honor God and serve the cause of Christ. I
will push forward to take hold of all that Christ Jesus has in mind for
me to be and do.
Lord Jesus, help
me to be faithful to seek and do your will until the end. Write my name
in the book of life and purify me. Give me eyes to see the good things
you have prepared in advance for me to do. Give me a heart that
delights in your will, feet that walk in your ways, and a spirit that
longs to honor you in all I do. Help me to wake up and get honest about
any disobedience, apathy, or distractions that are keeping me from
faithfulness to you. Through Christ, I pray. Amen.
14 This is why it is said: “Wake up, sleeper, rise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you.” 15 Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, 16 making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. 17 Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is.
Living the Resurrection: The Risen Christ in an Everyday Life
by Eugene H. Peterson