“Write this to the angel of the church in Sardis: These are the words of the one who holds God’s seven spirits and the seven stars: I know your works. You have the reputation of being alive, and you are in fact dead.2 Wake up and strengthen whatever you have left, teetering on the brink of death, for I’ve found that your works are far from complete in the eyes of my God. 3 So remember what you received and heard. Hold on to it and change your hearts and lives. If you don’t wake up, I will come like a thief, and you won’t know what time I will come upon you. 4 But you do have a few people in Sardis who haven’t stained their clothing. They will walk with me clothed in white because they are worthy. 5 Those who emerge victorious will wear white clothing like this. I won’t scratch out their names from the scroll of life, but will declare their names in the presence of my Father and his angels.6 If you can hear, listen to what the Spirit is saying to the churches. (Revelation 3:1-6, CEB)
You seem to be alive, yet you are dead…
Seems like the state of Christianity today in the world. We as Christians seem to be more interested in people being just like us and acting in certain ways and not doing certain things before God will love them.
I say we because those who are not Christian, I assume, lump us all into one pot, as we Christians normally do for Muslims, Jews, or insert other religion here. And even this of course is a generalization. We are not all like this, but we get labeled certain things because we say we are Christian.
So how can those of us who haven’t stained our clothes bring God’s love to the forefront of the conversation? How can we bring God’s love to bear on the world?
Stay focused on Jesus and do what we are led to do and know that God is always with us.