Letter to the Sardis church
The Church in Sardis must have been fairly big, but Jesus said only a few of them had not soiled their garments. These few must have been called fanatics, but Jesus called them worthy (“for they are worthy’). Even though the world around us now is extremely corrupt, there would always be a few who will not stain their garments. Are you amongst such few that the Lord considers worthy?
Here are the things Jesus said concerning these few:
They will walk with Him in white because they are worthy to do so. Their names will be found in the book of life. He will confess their names before God and the angels.
I want to be amongst these few. What about you?
For those who are not amongst the few, those who don’t do His will and have soiled their garments, He is saying: He will come on them like a thief. They will not be clothed in white along with Him. Their names will not be found in the book of life, but rather, in the book of death.
When the rapture happens, these people will not be prepared, so just like a thief takes his or her victims by surprise and steals from them, so will the rapture do to these ones (Matthew 24:43). By God’s grace, I am prepared. Thus, if rapture happens now, by the grace of God, I will be smiling. The unfortunate thing is that there will be many people in this second set.
Jesus said that, to be amongst the few, you must overcome. You must overcome temptations, the lures of the devil, and the world!
If you want to be amongst the few whose names will be found in the book of life, then you must ensure that you live a holy life from now. Study your Bible daily, don’t miss Christian Fellowships, pray without ceasing, preach the word and do the work of God. I pray that you make it to heaven on the last day, in Jesus’ name.
by Pastor E.A. Adeboye