This is a series of posts on the letters of Jesus to the seven churches in Revelation 2&3. This is my third 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 3:2 “Wake up….But if you do not wake up, I will come like a thief, and you will not know at what time I will come to you.”
The Church in the West has often been described, perhaps with good reason, as being half-asleep or drowsy at best.
There is an innate spiritual lethargy within the Church that most likely has been caused by the indulgences of a comfortable and opulent life-style.
I would certainly not want to put churches in other parts of the world on a pedestal but it has been noticed that hunger and persecution tend to deepen a person’s relationship with the Lord rather than diminish it.
I hasten to add here that I would certainly not want to glamorise hunger or persecution in any way at all.
The way back to a deep relationship with the Lord is simple. we need to understand with clear insight the immense challenges that lie ahead of us.
The Parable of the Ten Virgins in Matthew 25:1 tells of five virgins that were ill-prepared and fell away from grace, just before Christ Jesus returned. The other five virgins were prepared and welcomed Jesus the bride-groom at the door.
The glorious return of Christ Jesus will be preceded by a short period of intense darkness. The Church will need to be prepared for this darkness, radiating a beacon of gospel light and reaching out to those who are perishing by the wayside.
Matthew 25:13 “Therefore keep watch, because you do not know the day or hour.”
The onus here is for the Western churches to rouse themselves from their worldly slumber and take stock of the situation. We need to prepare ourselves for the challenging days ahead and we need to do so with an air of sensible urgency.
The hour is late, dear children, and we need to prepare for the golden storm that is fast approaching.
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