As a kid, I really struggled to wake up on time for school. I was that kid. My mom would yell for me well before the bus would come. I wouldn’t budge. She’d call for me again and knock on my door. Snooze. Her tone would become much more serious, but I would still turn over and go back to sleep.
Then she’d get a cup of water and pour it on my face. That did the trick and also made me pretty mad.
Here’s the deal: one way or another, Thankamma Thomas was going to get my attention. She’s my mom, she loves me, and she wanted me to get an education. She wouldn’t let me sleep the day away.
That’s what I see God doing with these churches in Revelation. Today’s reading brings us to the church at Sardis where God was pouring cold water on lots of heads, so to speak. They needed a wake-up call because their faith had been lulled to sleep.
Maybe, like the church at Sardis, God is trying to get your attention. He’s offering you a wake-up call. In what ways have you been going through the motions but lacking a thriving faith (v. 1-2)? Consider this morning’s reading of Revelation 3:1-6 an opportunity for repentance.
In the comments section below, tell us about a time where God gave you a wake-up call. It’d be great for us to learn from each other’s testimonies.
By: Todd Thomas — Worship & College Pastor