November 14, 2007

 

“Wake up, and strengthen what remains and is about to die, for I have not found your works complete in the sight of my God. Remember, then, what you received and heard. Keep it, and repent. If you will not wake up, I will come like a thief, and you will not know at what hour I will come against you.”

 

--Revelation 3:2-3 

Would you describe your faith as supernatural… or superficial? This is a question every child of God needs to ask themselves from time to time.

 

And today, if you’d admit that your faith is more superficial than supernatural, I want to tell you what Jesus told the church in Sardis in Revelation 3:2-3.

 

First of all, Jesus says to wake up. Come face to face with your sin problem. Admit the diagnosis of the Spirit of God upon your life… and wake up!

 

Second, Jesus says to “strengthen what remains” of your faith. This means to start reading your Bible again. Start praying again. Start meeting together with other believers again. Strengthen what remains of your faith.

 

Then, Jesus says to look back. Remember that moment you met Christ… how excited you were about your faith! And then remember again what the Lord Jesus did for you… how He cleansed you from your sin and saved your soul from hell. Remember the grace of God in your life! Look back.

 

But not only do you need to look back and remember, you need to hold on. In other words, keep on keeping on! Obey God’s Word! Keep His commandments! Consistently strive to apply the Scripture to your daily life.

 

Finally, Jesus says to repent. That means to let go of the past, to do an about-face, to turn around, and come back to Him. If you realize that your faith is more fluff than substance, just admit it to God! Agree with Him that you’ve been a hypocrite… that you’ve been a phony.

 

If you’re like most people, there are few things that irk you more than someone who’s a hypocrite. And you know what? Jesus feels the same way! Which is why I pray you will come clean today if you realize your faith is, in fact, more superficial than supernatural.

 

if you realize that your faith is more fluff than substance, just admit it to god!