The Sardis Syndrome
Reputation without Reality
The Sardis church had a great reputation but no character to back it up. God knows our hearts and He is not fooled by pretense. Beware of the common myth that perception is more important than reality. Don’t fall into the Sardis syndrome.
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.
For more reflections on this passage, see the corresponding reading in my book Cover to Cover: Through the Bible in 365 days.
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