Church of Sardis
“These things says He who has the seven Spirits of God and the seven stars: ‘I know your works, that you have a name that you are alive, but you are dead’” (Revelation 3.1 NKJV).
The Holy Spirit is always moving; and if we don’t keep up, we will be left behind. Sometimes we get so comfortable with how we play “church” that we stop listening to the Holy Spirit and start living in our comfort zone. Our spiritual life becomes stagnant, and we commence performing Christian deeds out of a religious habit. Our spiritual life may seem “alive” to others, but in actuality our spiritual life has been neglected so long that it is dead. The spiritual life of churches can die just like the spiritual life of individual Believers can. Two things can cause us to die spiritually. First, if we have unrepentant sin in our lives, we severely restrict the flow of the Holy Spirit. Second, if we neglect spending time with God and obeying His commands, we deny God access to our hearts, souls and minds. God’s presence is the heartbeat to our spiritual livelihood. When we take Him out of our daily life, we will spiritually starve to death and eventually die. We may look alive for the moment, but ultimately our roots will wither, and the enemy will pull us right out of God’s will. People may look at the destruction and wonder how we could fall so hard, but they’ll come to the conclusion that we were already spiritually dead—we just didn’t show it until it was too late. Let us quickly wake up to our dying spiritual life, repent of our sin and turn quickly back to our Heavenly Father.
“Yet you have a few people in Sardis who have not soiled their clothes. They will walk with me, dressed in white, for they are worthy. The one who is victorious will, like them, be dressed in white. I will never blot out the name of that person from the book of life, but will acknowledge that name before my Father and his angels” (Revelation 3.4-5 NIV).