'Wake up, and strengthen the things that remain, which were about to die; for I have not found your deeds completed in the sight of My God.Revelation 3:2(NASB)
There is urgency in these words from the apostle John as he continues his revelation of Jesus Christ, in his instructions to the seven churches. Watchfulness, urgency and eager attentiveness is his watchword, as these important truths are being relayed from Jesus, to the churches.
The shocking truth is that faithfulness, godliness and love has almost been eliminated from the lives of these believers and Jesus is warning Christians to wake up and to reverse the lamentable demise, into which they have fallen, before the church fails to survive.
The true gospel of Christ, which was once the foundation upon which this church was built, has been eroded and John urges those that are left to strengthen what remains of the faith, once delivered to the saints. The church is sick unto death, but yet there is still a little life left and, in His urgent appeal, John implores them to reignite their flickering flame of faith.
The fruitful believer is one that abides on Christ, rests in His love, trusts in His word, walks in spirit and truth and faithfully carries out the works that God has before prepared for them to do – in His strength. Works, whether good or bad, that are not carried out in the strength of the Holy Spirit can never be perfect - indeed they are identified as filthy rags to the Lord.
Multiplied acts of benevolent charity, bountiful giving or altruistic deeds, however admired by man are also rejected by God, and are not complete unless they flow from a life of faith and fellowship in Him.
No wonder we see such an urgent appeal for watchfulness, and eager attentiveness, for though these believers showed a form of godliness, yet there is a dark deadness in their souls.
May we take to heart the urgent plea to turn from our foolish, faithless luke-warm ways and .seek to be watchful and attentive to His word and we watch for His any day return
Praise God that He does not cut off such carnal Christians, hypocritical believers or disinterested disciples, but urges each of us that have fallen prey to this imperfect attitude to repent - to turn away from all that has replaced or removed the Lord from the central position of our hearts and to return Him to His rightful place in our lives.
Thank You Father for Your glorious grace, which is extended to me and all that have strayed from Your paths of righteousness. Thank You for these warnings to get my life back in to right relationship with You and I repent of all my back-sliding and disinterest in what is so important – being in fellowship with You. I pray that from today forward I may only do those things that are pleasing in Your sight, in Jesus name I pray, AMEN