“To the angel of the church in Sardis write: These are the words of him who holds the seven spirits of God and the seven stars. I know your deeds; you have a reputation of being alive, but you are dead. Wake up! Strengthen what remains and is about to die, for I have found your deeds unfinished in the sight of my God. Remember, therefore, what you have received and heard; hold it fast, and repent. But if you do not wake up, I will come like a thief, and you will not know at what time I will come to you.” Revelation 2:1-3
Someone has said, “that your reputation is everything.” Do you believe that your reputation is everything? What is your reputation like? Where does a good reputation come from? Warren Buffett said, “It takes 20 years to build a reputation and five minutes to ruin it. If you think about that, you’ll do things differently.” Jesus said, “I know your deeds; you have a reputation of being alive, but you are dead.” In other words, it’s time to begin doing things differently! Jesus says, “Wake up, strengthen what remains and is about to die, for I have found your deeds unfinished.” These are amazing words for our growth and maturity as believers. It’s time to wake up and smell the coffee before it’s too late. Don’t sacrifice your character for the sake of reputation.
Strengthen what remains, your character above your reputation. Coach John Wooden said, “Be more concerned with your character than your reputation, because your character is what you really are, while your reputation is merely what others think you are.” A good reputation comes from character built on the finished work of Jesus Christ. He said to the church, “Hold fast, and repent.” Keep on keeping on for the sake of the Gospel.
Pray for God to restore your reputation by resurrecting your character. Pray for the grace to wake up and smell the coffee or tea or hot chocolate. Pray for believers to wake up. Pray for the church to wake up. It’s time to start doing things differently!!