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Even when we don’t realize that we are starting to drift from God—He knows!

Sleeping in Church
He Knows – Part 1

Scripture Reading: Revelation 3:1-6

Key Verse: Revelation 3:1

“Write this letter to the angel of the church in Sardis. This is the message from the one who has the sevenfold Spirit of God and the seven stars:

“I know all the things you do, and that you have a reputation for being alive—but you are dead.

The church in Sardis was probably started by the Apostle John, according to commentator Matthew Henry. The city of Sardis was thought to be a chief city of Asia and one of the first cities in that area to connect to Christianity through John’s preaching.

It’s easy to see that over the years of its existence the people of God lost their way; they had “soiled their clothes with evil” (vs. 4). The Spirit of Jesus came upon them to correct and rebuke them. They, undoubtedly, did not realize how far they had wandered from the heart of God. The first verse of chapter three reminds all of us of a very critical truth we must never forget: God knows our spiritual condition. God knows you—every part of your life. He knows everything you do or don’t do. He knows the passion levels of your heart for Him. Even when we don’t realize that we are starting to drift from Him—He knows!

I’m sure the people of God in Sardis were surprised by the Spirit’s words to them. They had fallen asleep but Jesus was not going to idly sit by and do nothing. Jesus came and shouted, “Wake up!” (Revelation 3:3). Jesus uses many different methods to wake up His church and is very effective in getting our attention. If you start to spiritually fall asleep, Jesus will be coming to you and in His own way, shout: Wake up! (Continued)

Father, reveal any deadness in my soul. I don’t want to fall asleep in my walk with you. In Jesus’ name, amen.