The days of New Year’s resolutions are upon us. It was very apparent as I pulled into the gym parking lot today, the first Monday of the year. I could not find a parking spot! The area of the parking lot where I usually park my Suburban (a.k.a. “The Tank”) has less traffic which allows me to swing out wide or even be able to pull into a spot where there are no cars. Not today. Resolutions have been made, the gym was packed, and I couldn’t help but think how I would probably not be seeing most of these cars in a month or two.
I believe it is always good to reflect on the past year and see how we can improve in the next to be healthier or a better friend or a better mother. I believe even more deeply that the most important thing which does have eternal value is our relationship with Christ.
During my reading last week, these verses hit me like a ton of bricks. Many in the church are going through the motions of Christianity. I wonder if we all could wake up in some area of our lives as part of our New Year’s resolutions.
Jesus says to the church in Sardis in Revelation 3:1b-5 (ESV), “1I know your works. You have the reputation of being alive, but you are dead. 2Wake up, and strengthen what remains and is about to die, for I have not found your works complete in the sight of my God. 3Remember, 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. 4Yet you have still a few names in Sardis, people who have not soiled their garments, and they will walk with me in white, for they are worthy. 5The 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.”
How can we wake up?
Verse 3 talks about remembering what you have learned. We are called to be doers of God’s Word and not just hearers only (James 1:22). We are called to love the Lord our God with all of our heart and with all of our soul (Matthew 22:37). Remember how God has been faithful to you. Remember how Christ gave everything for you on the cross. Remember how God has given you His Word so you can know Him. It is profitable for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness (2 Timothy 3:16).