The churches in Revelation part 5

February 3rd, 2011

The next church mentioned in the Book of Revelation is Sardis. In chapter three we see that it sounds like a church that is in decline.

In chapter three verse one it says, “I know all the things you do, and that you have a reputation for being alive—but you are dead“. From this description it sounds like it was once an alive and vibrant church that “burned” brightly. Now it sounds like a former shadow of itself.

In verses 2-3 they receive some advice from the Lord. It says, “Wake up! Strengthen what little remains, for even what is left is almost dead. I find that your actions do not meet the requirements of my God. Go back to what you heard and believed at first; hold to it firmly. Repent and turn to me again“.

This is a clear call to awake from their slumber. To go back to the things they once did and to return to God. In many ways it sounds like they were in auto-pilot or perhaps they were resting on previous achievements.

In the midst of this though, we see that there are some who have “not soiled their clothes with evil” and that this is important as they “will walk with me in white, for they are worthy” (v4). If they endure until the end they will receive their eternal reward.

For me this passage is not only a clear call to check ourselves and how we are going as churches, but a call to make sure we don’t rest on our laurels and simply go through the motions of “doing church”. We need to be alive and active and constantly loving and seeking the Lord in all we do and say.

God Bless,