Yet you have a few people in Sardis who have not soiled their clothes. They will walk with me, dressed in white, for they are worthy. The one who is victorious will, like them, be dressed in white. I will never blot out the name of that person from the book of life, but will acknowledge that name before my Father and his angels. Revelation 3:4-5
“Believe in Him who is in reality God, and to Him lay open thy mind, and to Him commit thy soul, and He is able to give thee immortal life for ever, for everything is possible to Him; and let all other things be esteemed by thee just as they are-images as images, and sculptures as sculptures; and let not that which is only made be put by thee in the place of Him who is not made, but let Him, the ever-living God, be constantly present to thy mind. For thy mind itself is His likeness: for it too is invisible and impalpable, and not to be represented by any form, yet by its will is the whole bodily frame moved. Know, therefore, that, if thou constantly serve Him who is immoveable, even He exists for ever, so thou also, when thou shalt have put off this body, which is visible and corruptible, shall stand before Him for ever, endowed with life and knowledge, and thy works shall be to thee wealth inexhaustible and possessions unfailing. And know that the chief of thy good works is this: that thou know God, and serve Him.”
Melito of Sardis in Fragments of Melito of Sardis, I (translated by Roberts and Donaldson) dated around A.D. 165-175.
Want wealth inexhaustible and possessions unfailing?
If so, Melito, Bishop of Sardis, would echo Jesus and affirm that the only pathway to such abundance is to do good works. The first of which is to know and serve God.
Today’s Scripture cites the situation in Sardis in the late first century. Many had soiled their clothes. Their faith was stained by worldliness. Some 80 years later, it had only gotten worse.
Melito was writing in a time when persecution against Christians was increasing. He wanted people live out their faith, lay open their minds, and commit their souls to God.
All this sounds like the situation today. People idolize things rather than the invisible God. They put their trust in what they can see rather than in “Him who is immoveable.”
I want to invite you on a journey this Lent to grow in your knowledge and service of God regardless of what others are doing. Stretch yourself to grow in giving, prayer, and fasting. These disciplines require deep trust in God.
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