THURSDAY: LOVE by Steve Yinger

SCRIPTURE: Revelation 3:1-6

"And to the angel of the church in Sardis write: 'The words of him who has the seven spirits of God and the seven stars. I know your works. You have the reputation of being alive, but you are dead. 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 have 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. Yet you still have a few names in Sardis, people who have not soiled their garments, and they will walk with me in white, for they are worthy. The one who conquers will be clothed thus in white garments, and I will never blot his name out of the book of life. I will confess his name before my Father and before his angels. He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches." —Revelation 3:1-16

Sardis was the capitol of Lydia (in modern Turkey) and was on a major trade route. It was also one of the seven churches of the apocalypse. It was in Sardis that we first discovered how to separate silver from gold and create nearly pure gold and so became the birthplace of money. The church in Sardis had a good reputation but some had become complacent. What on earth does this have to do with love? Sometimes we like the church of Sardis allow ourselves to be led astray. We think that we are doing well but in reality we are just “going through the motions”. What does a loving God do when He sees that we are not living up to His standards? He warns us. Don’t allow that warning to become a stumbling stone. Look at it for what it is: a chance to correct our behavior and be the Christians we are called to be. This Advent season let us seek the love of God by examining our lives to see that we are truly living our lives completely in His will. The consequences for not being a shining star for God are made quite clear.

Lord, we pray that we will not mistake Your word to us.
We pray for wisdom and as You call us to a deeper faith, we pray for the courage to embrace it.
We thank You for Your unchangeable love for us.
May we show You our love by dedicating ourselves not only during this season of Advent but throughout the year.

Josh Kleinfeld