I know your deeds; you have a reputation of being alive, but you are dead. Wake up!
When we begin reading the verse it sounds really complimentary. “I know what you have been doing and you have a reputation for being alive.” That sounds great. We all want a reputation for being alive. Being alive is a good thing. It means that things are happening, the church is busy and growing. It means they have youth services and children’s services. It means that the people are active and involved. Everyone would be proud of that, Right?
Not really, a reputation is not always true. I have been blessed with a nice car, which can cause me to have the reputation that I have a lot of money. Just because people think that does not mean it is true.
The Church at Sardis had a reputation for being alive, but they were in fact dead. The little bit of life that was still there was quickly dying. The flame that once burned brightly was quickly being blown out.
As Christians we can look alive and active. We can give to everything that comes through. We can volunteer at every ministry that needs the extra help. We can reach out to the poor and the dejected. We can have a reputation for being alive, but are really cooling in the grave. As the writer says, WAKE UP.
WAKE UP right now before the last little bit of life fades away. WAKE UP right now before the last glimmer of hope disappears. Wake up, lest you die.