“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. 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. 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. 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. 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. If you can hear, listen to what the Spirit is saying to the churches. (Revelation 3:1-6, CEB)
You look like and are seen as being alive but in fact you are dead and not doing anything worthy of the gospel. I wonder how many congregations out there are like this?
Seem to be living and doing things when in actuality they are just surviving and putting on a show.
One question I would ask congregations when I would interview with their call committees was if this congregation were to close tomorrow what would the community miss? Meaning what are you doing that the community needs. If it is nothing then you are dead. Change your hearts and your lives and live for God.
Make a difference by sharing God’s love in a tangible way.
Loving People. Loving God.