Wednesday, October 16, 2013
Sardis: The Church Who Looked Good on the Outside
Is it just me? Or does this week’s chapter title remind you of the Pharisees of Jesus’ day? After reading this study session, I realize that this is the exact picture Sue Edwards was trying to paint.
Sue begins this week’s study with the video teaching about faith, hope and love. She teaches that the greatest of these is love because God is love and love remains in eternity whereas faith and hope aren’t necessary in eternity.
Love on the inside keeps us from being like the Pharisees. But let this be a reminder that the one who is beautiful on the outside isn’t necessarily beautiful on the inside – and vice versa. In other words, don’t judge a book by its cover. Look at the fruit, not the tree. Don’t sit with deceitful men. Don’t consort with hypocrites. Hypocritical liars will lead the church astray. Avoid people who aren’t who they seem to be because they’re only acting Christian to be seen by others.
One day, all that was done in the dark will be seen in the light. For the hypocrites, those acts will be the planning and conniving, the plotting and deception. For the genuine believer, those acts would be the giving and the praying and the fasting and the acts we’ve done without seeking recognition.
Jesus will come like a thief in the night. We must be ready. Don’t put off for one more day what the Lord is calling you to do. Whether He’s calling you to accept His Son, Jesus, as Savior or He’s calling you to a task or ministry, it is always safer to be within His will. The alternative could lead to being shamefully exposed.
Memorize: 1 John 5:11-12
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