Daily Devotion, 02/11/2019, “The Running Dead”
Jesus had this to say to the church/Christ-followers in the city of Sardis: Revelation 3:1b-3a NLT “I know all the things you do, and that you have a reputation for being alive—but you are dead. Wake up! Strengthen what little remains, for even what is left is almost dead. I find that your actions do not meet the requirements of my God. Go back to what you heard and believed at first; hold to it firmly. Repent and turn to me again.”
Ouch! These words have some sting to them. Sometimes as individuals and as churches, we fall into the trap of thinking that busyness equals life. We can falsely come to believe that full schedules indicate that we’re living full lives. As individuals, we can be so driven that we fill every available moment with something or even multi-task and fill every available moment with several somethings at one time. As churches, we can get so wrapped up in our planning and programs that we lose sight of our true purpose. All of our activity may give us “a reputation for being alive,” but the reality is that we’re “almost dead.”
From time to time, as individuals and as churches, it’s good take inventory of all that we’re doing and then ask why we’re doing what we’re doing. Is it life-giving? Is it part of God’s calling and provision? Is it actually robbing us of our intimacy with God? As someone told me years ago, “If the devil can’t make you bad, he’ll make you busy.” There’s a great deal of truth in that statement.
If any of this is hitting close to home for you, I encourage you to do as Jesus instructed and “Strengthen what little remains, for even what is left is almost dead.” You do that by setting God-honoring and life giving priorities, cutting out what is killing you spiritually and adding in what will give you intimacy with God. You are loved!