Revelation – Jesus is Coming Back!
Why is it we automatically tap the brake when we see a police car on the horizon? Why is it that we create more busywork, to look busy, when the boss comes out of his office to observe? Why is it that we dress up a little better when we know some we admire will be coming for a visit? Why is it that our voice pleasantly changes as soon as we answer a call immediately upon using another voice to talk with our kids about picking up toys? We humans do weird things. We assume guilt of ourselves first before realizing we were going the speed limit. We assume we need to look busy in front of the boss even though we were doing the work required and more. We dress to impress because of the people-pleasing gene that seems to be in all of us from time to time. The voice thing, well, that’s just amusing.
When we say yes to more than we ought to in the church, are the motives the same. Are we just trying to be and look busy to look good? And for whom? Each other? The church at Sardis seemed to have reputations for “vigor and zest” but were judged by Jesus to be dead inside. Yikes! Jesus does not look at our busyness as a sign of holiness. He looks at our heart.
“Think of the gift you once had in your hands, the Message you heard with your ears–GRASP it again and turn back to God.” Return to the what you know and trust God. Guilt gone. We are redeemed. We need to live like redeemed people who are joyfully following our Lord, guilt free. We do what He says to be and do, fully alive, out of pure motivation to love Him back. We do not worry about when He will come. We are confident and live expectantly for Jesus’ return!
AND there are more who feel this way than we think…”You still have a few Christians in Sardis who haven’t ruined themselves wallowing in the muck of the world’s ways.”…Enough for a parade with Him! So look up, church, Jesus will lead us to victory! Are you listening?
Revelation 3, The Message
Write this to Sardis, to the Angel of the church. The One holding the Seven Spirits of God in one hand, a firm grip on the Seven Stars with the other, speaks:
“I see right through your work. You have a reputation for vigor and zest, but you’re dead, stone-dead.
2-3 “Up on your feet! Take a deep breath! Maybe there’s life in you yet. But I wouldn’t know it by looking at your busywork; nothing of God’s work has been completed. Your condition is desperate. Think of the gift you once had in your hands, the Message you heard with your ears—grasp it again and turn back to God.
“If you pull the covers back over your head and sleep on, oblivious to God, I’ll return when you least expect it, break into your life like a thief in the night.
4 “You still have a few followers of Jesus in Sardis who haven’t ruined themselves wallowing in the muck of the world’s ways. They’ll walk with me on parade! They’ve proved their worth!
5 “Conquerors will march in the victory parade, their names indelible in the Book of Life. I’ll lead them up and present them by name to my Father and his Angels.
6 “Are your ears awake? Listen. Listen to the Wind Words, the Spirit blowing through the churches.”
What do we learn?
–We need to consistently check and double check the condition of our heart. What is our motivation for doing anything of value for the Kingdom? Being found dead inside…well, stinks.
Dear Heavenly Father,
We do not want to be zealous in busywork, only joyful and confident in what you invite us to do. You are God and i am not. It is all about You. Thank you for the reminder that you are the Victor and we march in your parade! Thank you for all you have done, are doing and will do in our lives to make us all you intended and created us to be.
To YOU be the glory, honor and praise.
In Jesus Name, Amen