“Wake up, and strengthen the things that remain and are about to die, for I have not found your works perfect in the sight of my God. Remember then what you received and heard; keep that, and repent. If you will not awake, I will come like a thief, and you will not know at what hour I will come upon you.” (Rev 3: 2-3)
There are so many helpful passages in Scripture against spiritual sloth and procrastination. But I happened to come across the above-quoted one this morning, which is part of a message to the church in Sardis, and it really struck me with regard to my “sins of omission.” That is, my tendency to “drop out” of contact with loved ones who live far away, neglecting to make a simple phone call; or my tendency to avoid making simple amends to those with whom I work, by avoiding a much-needed conversation about a problematic matter. These God-given relationships in my life are, potentially at least, “the things that remain and are about to die.”
I can’t “fix” all of this overnight. But today I can “wake up, and strengthen the things that remain,” with a small step or two in the right direction. This morning I leave time in my schedule for that phone call, and ask God for a humble willingness to make some simple, yet not easy, amends. In Him and with Him I can discard fear and take small steps, according to what I’ve “received and heard.” Today I can “keep that, and repent,” to the best of my ability.