The Lord says that ‘they are worthy’.
“There is a tendency on the part of some evangelicals to feel that God can never really be pleased with us: our sinfulness is so deep and far-reaching that he will never finish pointing out our faults! One of the wonderful features of these seven letters, though, is that over and over again the Lord finds things to commend in his people.”*
The letter to the church of Sardis- Revelation 3:1-6- is grim.
The diagnosis: an outward appearance of life, that hides a death like sleep, and deeds far from acceptable in the sight of God.
The prognosis: failure to wake up and strengthen what remains will lead to death.
The good news? Some despite the dead spiritual state of the majority have been proven worthy. Their reward is proclaimed to John the faithful witness, “they will walk alongside Me”.
The most important thing we need to know as we walk through this life that sometimes brings failure and defeat, He is walking with us.
In Romans 8 we are told. “No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 8:37-38.
He is not walking with us to remind us of our failure, our sin. Instead He invites us to confess our faults and failures (sin), promises to forgive and cleanse and Instead of pushing us away draws us closer. And as He did with those in the church at Sardis despite all that was unworthy, looks for reasons to commend, and proclaim even to only a few “they are worthy”.