Rising Joy, by Vicki Matheny
The one who conquers will be dressed like them in white clothing, and I will never erase his name from the book of life, but will declare his name before my Father and before his angels. Revelation 3.5
John was writing to the church in Sardis. Reputation is not everything. You can have a good reputation but the reality can be quite different.
The church in Sardis had a reputation that it was alive and well. However, Jesus told John to write to the church that he knew their deeds but in reality they were dead. They were encouraged to wake up and strengthen what remained before it also died. Their deeds were lacking before God.
Jesus took them back to the roots of their faith. He encouraged them to remember what they had received and heard, to obey, and to repent. This is a principle that we see throughout the Bible. We must respect what the scriptures say and act accordingly. Adding to the word or changing things to bring more people in will not be acceptable to God. He is not interested in numbers for the numbers, but in obedience of the numbers.
Not all in Sardis were lost. There were a few who remained faithful. They would walk with Jesus and wear white in eternity. Jesus used battle language when he said that those who conquer will be dressed like them. Their names will be found in the book of life. Their names will be declared by Jesus before God.
It is so easy to become distracted by the world or worries. However, this is a choice that each one decides for themselves. I can respect God’s word and follow it. Or I can decide that I know better than God and do it my way. The choice has eternal consequences. What will you decide?