Revelation 3:1-6

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To the angel of the church in Sardis write:

These are the words of him who holds the seven spirits of God and the seven stars. I know your deeds; you have a reputation of being alive, but you are dead. Wake up! Strengthen what remains and is about to die, for I have found your deeds unfinished in the sight of my God. Remember, therefore, what you have received and heard; hold it fast, and repent. But if you do not wake up, I will come like a thief,and you will not know at what time I will come to you.

Yet you have a few people in Sardis who have not soiled their clothes.They will walk with me, dressed in white, for they are worthy. The one who is victorious will, like them, be dressed in white. I will never blot out the name of that person from the book of life, but will acknowledge that name before my Father and his angels. Whoever has ears, let them hear what the Spirit says to the churches. - Revelation 3:1-6

Dear Jesus,

These words are a powerful reminder to make sure we don't mistake church activity and community involvement as the essence of true spirituality.  True spirituality is a very clear faith in you as our personal Savior from sin.  It leads us to live in hope and peace no matter what we are experiencing.  It makes us unconsciously generous and Christ centered in our dealings with everyone.  It makes us kind and gentle but strong and courageous at the same time.  It makes us relentless in clinging to the true meaning of your word while patiently teaching those who have erroneous ideas about passages from the Bible.  We wear the robe of your righteousness and are always trying to give it way to others.  Oh Jesus, help us to stay deeply connected to your words so we have a well of living water springing up in our lives in every direction. 


Pastor Don Patterson

Focus more on being than doing when you are with Jesus and he will transform you.