Rev.3:1-3 -I know all that you do and I know that you have a reputation for being really “alive,” but you’re actually dead! Wake up and strengthen all that remains before it dies, for I haven’t found your works to be perfect in the sight of my God. So remember all the things you’ve received and heard, then turn back to God and obey them. For if you continue to slumber, I will come to you like a thief, and you’ll have no idea at what hour I will come.
This is the Lord’s message to the church in Sardis, one of the seven churches in Asia. John was the overseer off these churches and this was a word of warning to this particular church about being unprepared for the the Coming of the Lord. This message is extremely relevant for where we are in today’s spiritual climate. How many Christians and churches could be currently in this state of sleep, totally unprepared for what’s next. That is really what this current Corona season is all about. It is a word from the Lord to wake up and strengthen what remains, the end of this age is upon us. Here are some thoughts from the passion notes on this text.
“Sardis can mean “those who have escaped” or “red ones” (jewels). How we need to escape every form of religious bondage on our journey into Christlikeness. By the blood of Christ, we are redeemed and set free to be his fiery (red) ones, like jewels before God. Twice in the history of Sardis it had fallen to its enemies because it was not alert and watching. It was conquered once in 549 BC by King Cyrus of Persia, and again in 214 BC by Antiochus the Great. For this reason, the people of Sardis were asleep and needed an awakening.”
We are the Sardis stones of the Lord. We have escaped the world and its attractions by the blood of Jesus. The last thing we need to allow to happen is to fall back under the influence of the world and its pull on our hearts. This message to Sardis may very well be a message to the church of this age. If you listen close you may very well hear the Lord say, “I know all that you do and I know that you have a reputation for being really “alive,” but you’re actually dead! Wake up and strengthen all that remains before it dies”….