Scripture: Ezekiel 4-7, Revelation 3
Revelation 3:1-3 (To the church in Sardis) I know that you have the reputation of being alive, even though you are dead! 2 So wake up, and strengthen what you still have before it dies completely…If you do not wake up, I will come upon you like a thief, and you will not even know the time when I will come.
I learned something about Sardis today. Sardis was once one of the great cities of antiquity. It was built high on a sheer precipice that made it nearly invincible. It was often attacked, but was conquered only twice, in 546 BC by Cyrus and the Persians, and in 214 BC by Antiochus III. In both cases, enemy forces were able to sneak up the steep hill at night and surprise the forces of Sardis who hadn’t bothered to post a watchman (or the watchman was asleep). Their complacency killed them.
The church in Sardis had a reputation for being alive—but they were dead, asleep and complacent. So Jesus calls them to wake up and strengthen what they have. Otherwise, history will repeat itself and they will be surprised when Jesus returns like a thief and they are not ready.
It is so easy to be spiritually complacent, asleep—to think you’re alive when really you’re dying and don’t know it. Many of us are like ancient Sardis—under attack, but so complacent that we’re asleep and haven’t bothered to post a watchman. No one is watching, and the enemy is sneaking up on us. Wake up! Wake up before it is too late!
Where in my life am I sleeping and should be watchful? Where am I complacent but should be alert and focused? Where am I coasting and unconcerned but should be going all in? Wake up!
Prayer: Lord, help me take Your warning to Sardis seriously, because it applies to me. Help me to wake up and be fully engaged and watchful.