“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.” Revelation 3:1-2.
Imagine hearing that personally or, in this case, regarding a church.
The Message uses the word, “busywork,” to describe what is being done instead of “God’s” work.
What a fine line. I do things, but which category are they truthfully in? It is really something that I have never clearly focused on.
When I do things routinely, am I losing sight of why I do them? Are they “busywork?” Maybe that is why I get upset occasionally doing those things? If I saw the “mundane” as God’s Work, I would do it as unto Him.
Being older, I pick up personally the line, “strengthen what remains and is about to die.” I do not have forever by any standard. Getting my motivation right is crucial. No time to waste.
I need to always be doing God’s work. Everything I do must fit that category. If it is busywork, then God is not part of it. Therefore, the same activity can be either God’s Work or busywork. It all depends on my motivation.
I also like the approach to the church in Sardis: “Wake up!” There is no, “Why not consider” or “If you get a chance.” It’s yelling in the ear! There certainly is an urgency.
Conclusion: Wake up! Too much busywork and not enough God’s Work in my life. I must know the difference and live accordingly.