“I know your deeds; you have a reputation of being alive, but you are dead.” (Revelation 3:1)
In Revelation 2-3 Jesus dictates letters to John for churches in 7 Roman cities. In these letters Jesus describes Himself, the churches He writes to, and lays before them a challenge for faithful service in light of their situation. The church described here is in the city of Sardis and Jesus’ words are most revealing. Although we do not know the basis for their reputation, it seems very positive. That church looks “alive.” It must be making an impact in Sardis. Maybe even outsiders think well of this church. They must have it together.
But Jesus sees deeper into this church, just like He sees deeper into our lives. Even if reputations are good and others are fooled, Jesus knows the heart.
It is a warning to us too. Reputation, outward appearance, what others see is not always the truth. Jesus knows the truth about our hearts and the hearts of those around us. He knows how much we need a Savior. He knows the hidden hurts and pain. He sees our need for forgiveness and offers His sacrifice on the cross as the payment for our sin and the purchase of the forgiveness we need. When will we learn to trust the reality of what Jesus sees instead of the appearance of reputations?
Question: When Jesus looks into my heart, what does He see?
Challenge: We can miss seeing other’s needs because we do not look deeply enough. What does Jesus see their lives?
Prayer: Lord Jesus, You love us too much to see only our reputation. You see the reality. Help us see it too!
Dude Garrett, Chapel Leader -- Fargo-Moorhead Redhawks