Revelation 3:1 – Wake Up Call

Today’s Reading: Amos 4:1‐6:14, Revelation 2:18‐3:6,
Psalm 130:1‐8, Proverbs 29:21‐22

Context: John is recording God’s words to the seven churches.  This section is to the church in Sardis:

Revelation 3:1b-3 ““‘I know your works. You have the reputation of being alive, but you are dead. Wake up, and strengthen what remains and is about to die, for I have not found your works complete in the sight of my God. Remember, then, what you received and heard. Keep it, and repent. If you will not wake up, I will come like a thief, and you will not know at what hour I will come against you.”

Observations:

  • I know your works
  • You have the reputation of being alive
    • But you are dead
  • Wake up
    • And strengthen what remains and is about to die
      • For I have not found your works complete in the sight of my God.

This summer, Francis Chan preached out this passage to the Campus Crusade staff.  What a powerful message to people in full time ministry.  As I read this passage today I am convicted.  I must not be hypocritical.  “Lord, forgive me for the times I don’t back up my reputation.  Make me truly alive.”

Apply: I must seek the Lord in secret to strengthen my soul.  I must be ready to repent of anything that is killing my soul.

Do you need a spiritual wake up call?  How is your soul?

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