Google+ 08/22/13 Let's Stop Playing Church!

Revelation 3:1-3


“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.

Wake up!

Strengthen what little remains, for even what is left is almost dead.

I find that your actions do not meet the requirements of my God.

Go back to what you heard and believed at first; hold to it firmly.

Repent and turn to me again.

If you don’t wake up, I will come to you suddenly, as unexpected as a thief.


In part four of our seven-part devotion series entitled, "Actions Speak Louder Than Words," we witness the words of Jesus, through the apostle John, as He speaks to the church at Sardis.  Jesus uses very harsh words to chastise the church at Sardis.  There is a reason.  They have completely stopped preaching the gospel message so as not to offend anyone!  Jesus tells them that they are dead and that they need to wake up.  Their actions are louder than their words and Jesus is "hearing" those actions, loud and clear, and they don't meet God's expectations.  Jesus instructs them to return to what they had been taught and believed in the beginning.   The instruction is clear.  Repent and turn to Jesus again.  We need to listen to the warning as Jesus explains to the church at Sardis, and to us, that if we don't wake up, He will come suddenly in the night as a thief.  We all need to "wake up!"  Most of our New Testament Churches today have stopped evangelizing and discipling because we are afraid we might offend someone with "too much Jesus!"  We have watered down the true message of Jesus Christ so much that it truly means nothing to anyone.  In many ways, we are just like the church at Sardis.  Our actions do not reflect our verbal commitment to Jesus.  Is God really the first thing we think about when we begin to put our schedule together for the week?  Do we do the things that Jesus tells us to do when it comes to evangelizing and discipling others through His Word?  I believe if we answer these questions honestly, we will determine that we need to "repent and turn to Jesus again."  Let's get back to having our actions for God speak louder than our words.  We need to make Christianity a lifestyle, not a label.  Our life in Christ is not a children's game where we can change all the rules to fit any situation.  Let's "Stop Playing Church!"