The Church at Sardis
Think of things that didn’t live up to their reputation.
- The Ford Edsel in the 1950’s was to be an innovation in cars- sucked…
- New Coke in the 80s was to build on Coke’s reputation- it didn’t…
- PS3 was great! -unless you got the three rings of death…
There’s a difference between reputation & reality-
Jesus, dictating the letter to the church at Sardis to John says:
“You have a reputation that you live, but you are D E A D.”
They were living on reputation, they were living on past accomplishments, they were living in the glory days but had fallen asleep to living the life and doing the stuff of the gospel of Jesus Christ.
Jesus says “WAKE UP!!!”…living on past accomplishments just isn’t enough-
Any time we live in the past it is not a good thing, it robs us of today – good or bad. If you live in the past of the bad things that happen in life then you’ll never go forward, never heal, never explore and discover life now. But the same is true for the good things: starting a business, being a star athlete in school, whatever the accomplishment, to live in the past is DEATH.
Paul speaks clearly words that the church at Sardis needed to hear, and words relevant for us today, in Philippians 3:13 “This ONE thing I do- forget what is past & move forward”. Sardis needed to do this to live.
Let us begin again!
Saint Francis said something as he gathered the brothers around not long before his death- “let us begin again, for up to now we have done nothing!”. For Sardis, For the American church, and for us individually, these words ring true. It is a time for us to begin again. Jesus said “repent & return to what you have received and heard.”
In ancient culture, cities kept a book with the names of all it’s citizens, when someone moved or died they would scratch the persons name out. Look at the promise Jesus gave to Sardis:
“He who overcomes will be dressed in white…& I will never erase or blot out his name from the book of life…” -Rev 3:5
Let’s not live in the past, let us not fall asleep, but be awake! & let us begin again; letting go of the past & moving forward!