Reading the Word
Revelation 3:1–6 (ESV)
1 “And to the angel of the church in Sardis write: ‘The words of him who has the seven spirits of God and the seven stars. “ ‘I know your works. You have the reputation of being alive, but you are dead. 2 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. 3 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. 4 Yet you have still a few names in Sardis, people who have not soiled their garments, and they will walk with me in white, for they are worthy. 5 The one who conquers will be clothed thus in white garments, and I will never blot his name out of the book of life. I will confess his name before my Father and before his angels. 6 He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.’
Understanding and Applying the Word
“You can’t judge a book by its cover.” Have you ever heard that saying? Well, you can’t judge a church by its reputation. Often times, what one thinks about a church can be deceiving.
For instance, a church that is growing quickly, or one that has a new building, or another that has a well-known pastor may have a reputation for being the best church around. However, this may not be the case. False teaching or failing to put into practice what the Bible says can be the reality even in a church that looks on the surface to be wonderful.
Here, we are warned that Jesus knows the true condition of our churches and he will judge. May we seek the Lord and his will in all we do. And when we get caught up in doing our will instead of his, may we repent and return to him.
**Shaped by the Word is a daily Bible reading devotional. Please use the links at the bottom to subscribe to this page. You can also share this post with your friends through social media using the buttons below. Thanks for reading!