by Rev Joel Yong
Revelation of John 3:1-2
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. 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.
Wow … the church in Sardis had a reputation.
It meant they were famous and people knew it.
They had a rep for being alive.
Maybe they were vibrant and enthusiastic and had many programmes!
But God says He sees the truth.
They are dead despite the superficial impression of being alive.
Jamieson Fausset Brown records these observations: “The address to this Church is full of rebuke. It does not seem to have been in vain; for MELITO, bishop of Sardis in the second century, was eminent for piety and learning. He visited Palestine to assure himself and his flock as to the Old Testament canon and wrote an epistle on the subject.”
What about ourselves?
Do we project an exterior of life when our souls are really dead?
Do we merely sing louder and are more vocal than most but do not have an anchor deep inside of us, that grounds us in God’s truth?
It’s no wonder that when God instructs the Old Testament priests to dress a certain way … that the instructions include the type of underwear to put on.
Because the priest may look on the outside, to have worn everything God commanded. But only God and the priest will know if he is wearing the right underwear.
Obey God down to the innermost parts of your life.
You shall make for them linen undergarments to cover their naked flesh. They shall reach from the hips to the thighs; and they shall be on Aaron and on his sons when they go into the tent of meeting or when they come near the altar to minister in the Holy Place, lest they bear guilt and die. This shall be a statute forever for him and for his offspring after him.