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Wake up!

“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.

Wow!

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.

 

 

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Unfinished business

“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.

Verses chosen from today’s Bible reading; Revelation 1-4.

What an indictment!

People think that you have your spiritual life together but it ain’t so!  You talk, you start, but you don’t finish.

Talk is cheap, and the start is always exciting and stimulating.  But then reality kicks in.  All the worries and uncertainties become large. Continuing on defers to backing off.

If you have been reading this blog during the last few months you know that I have written often about witnessing.  When I write today about “unfinished business” it regards witnessing. (I have no doubt that there are plenty of other areas in my life that are “unfinished!)

I want witnessing to be a regular/normal part of my life and it isn’t.  I continue to read “How To” books but it seems that the more I read the more hesitant I get.  I understand that there is something to be said for being prepared, but all this preparation should not become an excuse to avoid doing it.

Look at the directness in today’s verses: “Wake up.  Strengthen what remains and is about to die.”  I am going to lose the momentum I have left to witness, if I don’t take action.

I sat in a diner this morning and as I ate and conversed, I glanced around the place.  I saw people sitting alone and thought that they would be folks to witness to.  I had a gospel tract with me, but I couldn’t bring myself to briefly interact with any of them and give them a tract.  Another missed opportunity.

That I am becoming mindful of these missed chances is a good thing. I long to get past the “looking” level.

I certainly need to proceed carefully and selectively.  I must rightly represent Him.

My goals are to get witnessing willingness and witnessing preparation to where He wants them to be.

“Lord, forgive me for being so fearful.  Enable me to be mindful of You.  I am inadequate apart from You.  I ask You to give me divine appointments.  Those are the ones in which I can rightly represent You.  Guide me, O thou great Jehovah.”

Wake up!

 

 

 

 

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Not getting it done

hwfm-August-28“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

(Verses chosen from today’s Bible reading – Ezekiel 4-7 & Revelation 3)

The messenger to the church in Sardis takes it to them in a big way.

I instantly apply the reproof they received to myself. So many Godly intentions and so few results.

What is the problem? My talk is too distant from my walk.

I think that I’m going good. Things are sliding along nicely and I’m starting to feel spiritually stronger. Unfortunately, that strength is resting in me. Along comes some turbulence and I’m quickly overboard under water.

It bothers me greatly when this happens. It is like some of the board games in which you get knocked back to the beginning after you have gone quite a ways on the board. It’s aggravating and you have to start all over.

What does God want me to do? What does He not want me doing? How I would like to consistently get those two right!

I harp on this. I have repeated it often during 5+ years of doing this blog. My life must be totally committed to Him full-time.   Any lapses and over the cliff I go. Satan does not need much of an opening.

One positive out of my recent “downhill slide” was that the Scripture I have recently memorized kept running through my head. It was 1 John 1:5-6 – “God is light; in him there is no darkness at all. If we claim to have fellowship with him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live out the truth.” The more that verse ran through my head the more I realized what I liar I had been. I was strongly convicted and have since worked through restoration of a relationship.

Obviously being saturated with Scripture needs to become a serious part of my life. His Words must be my words. His Thoughts must be my thoughts.

“Lord, thank You for Your forgiveness. I don’t deserve it yet You sent Jesus to take the consequences of all my sins. I don’t want to disobey You. Empower me with Your Words and Thoughts so that I will rightly represent You in all things. Thank You for Your love.”

 

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