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A Good Reputation Is Not Good Enough

Revelation 3:1

“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.’”

profileReputation is something most of us deal with in life.  From the bully at recess who had a reputation of being mean and hurting people to the co-worker who has the reputation of being a status climber – reputations are part of the landscape where we live.

There can be good reputations too – like the hard worker at the office who everyone respects or the girl or guy at school that has a good reputation – a solid and trustworthy person.  A good reputation – one that took a lifetime to develop – can be destroyed in a moment – even by false allegations.

Spring season is here and some teams has a reputation of getting the most from the least.  Some teams will be highly thought of and not produce.  Some teams will not go into the season being well thought of and yet they will produce a good result.

The church in Sardis had a good reputation.  They had the reputation of being alive – yet God says they are dead.  Here is today’s passage in partial context.  Revelation 3:1-6 – 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.’

We will hold a revival soon at 1st Church (March 2-5).  A revival is meant to revive the church – to awaken us – to excite us to a deeper walk.  As Jesus told the church in Sardis – 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.

We need to awaken and remember the good that God has done in our lives and desire to share it with others so they too can know Jesus!  Our church could have a good reputation – one earned by generations of faithful believers – but if we do not remain awake or awaken again – and live out that good reputation – a good reputation will not be enough!  Christ will come and claim His church and kick those of us who are not faithful out!  He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says… A good reputation is not good enough.  We need to be awake.  We need to be alive in Christ!

Just something to think about today as you go on your way.

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February 24, 2014 - Posted by | Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Holy Spirit, Leadership, Personal, Prayer, Sermons, Theology | , , , , , , , , ,

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