This is a series of posts on the letters of Jesus to the seven churches in Revelation 2&3. This is my second post on the church of Sardis. To see all my previous posts on these two chapters, please look down at the end for a full list.
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Revelation 3:1a “I know your deeds, you have a reputation of being alive but you are dead. Wake up!”
We have a tendency to assess ourselves and our churches but yet it is our Lord to whom we should turn, to know how well or how badly we are doing.
Revelation 2:23a ‘Then all the churches will know that I am he who searches hearts and minds and I will repay each of you according to your deeds.
Churches come in all shapes and sizes. Some are remarkably genuine and some are sadly poor pretences.
We may put on a show and fool ourselves and those around us but we will never fool the Lord who sees behind our masquerades.
Hebrews 4:13 ‘Nothing in all creation is hidden from God’s sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of him to whom we must give account.’
Not for one moment would I want to glamorise persecution. However, churches and underground churches in some parts of the world, that experience persecution, have shone the light and humbled the Western church. China and Iran are perfect examples.
Churches in the West have often been criticised, with good reason, for putting the emphasis on the outer show, the externals, rather than focusing on genuine worship and devoted prayer.
The outer decoration of meeting-halls; music bands; light-shows and stage sets mean nothing if the heart of the church is devoted to the worship of a personality or celebrity, or a self-indulgent feel-good factor, rather than the Lord alone.
Since the onset of Covid, there has been a genuine move within churches, to rediscover the essential elements of church in its purest and most simple form.
This move can only be commended and supported. Please pray that we move forward in strength and not back to the sleepy old past.
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