"To the angel of the church in Sardis write: These are the words of him who holds the seven spirits of God and the seven stars. I know your deeds; you have a reputation of being alive, but you are dead.”
Sardis was an affluent and prosperous city in its day. The citizens living there were in a wealthy community that had dwindled into a sense of cozy complacency. It's no wonder, then, that in Jesus' letters to the Seven Churches He encourages the church at Sardis to wake up. The context suggests that the church itself had taken on an attitude of comfortable lifestyle choices instead of the passion for the Great Commission.
Yet while it's easy to look back and wonder at the ease in which they forgot their priorities, there are more than a few similarities between them then and us today. Our culture and society is built around affluence and decadence in many ways. Merely owning a car puts us in the top 5%-15% of income earners in the world! Complacency is not so far off as we might think. Let's gather together to look at the example from the Sardis church as we walk through the first chapters of the Book of Revelation.