1- THE PERCEPTION
A-THE CHURCH OF SARDIS HAD A GOOD REPUTATION IN THE COMMUNITY.
B- A GOOD REPUTATION WITH THE WORLD IS NOT ALWAYS A GOOD THING.
A-THE CHURCH OF SARDIS RECEIVED A WAKE UP CALL.
Wake up! (cf. Rom. 13:11; 1 Cor. 16:13) is rather ‘Be watchful’ (AV; the tense indicates a continuing state). This must have come home with peculiar force to the church in a city which had twice been captured owing to its failure to watch. Lack of spiritual vigilance may likewise be costly. All was not yet lost, for there are things that remain. But even these are about to die. Unless an ember is fanned into flames it is lost. This church may have pleased men but it did not please God. Nothing it did was complete in the sight of my God; its works were not brought to fulfilment. Why did both Jews and Romans leave this church undisturbed (unlike some of its neighbours)? The answer may well be its lack of aggressive and positive Christianity. ‘Content with mediocrity, lacking both the enthusiasm to entertain a heresy and the depth of conviction which provokes intolerance, it was too innocuous to be worth persecuting’ (Caird).