By Fred Leist, Lead Pastor
You no longer have to try on that jacket to see if it’s a perfect fit. Technology wizards have developed a kind of “smart mirror” to help shoppers decide what to buy. As you stand in front of the mirror, computer images will automatically “dress us” in clothes hanging on nearby racks.
It occurs to me that you could think of Revelation, chapters 2 & 3 as God’s “smart mirror” for the church. These chapters contain seven mini-epistles to seven different congregations in Asia Minor (modern day Turkey). While the letters address specific issues related to each congregation in their unique context, the messages are perennial to the church. And in every congregation, there are Christians who resemble the ones in Ephesus, Smyrna, Pergamum, Thyatira, Sardis, Philadelphia or Laodicea.
I find it both convicting and comforting to read the mail the Risen Christ sent to these congregations; and try to do so, as if looking in a mirror. All summed up, the letters challenge us to be fully devoted followers of the one we call “Savior” and “Lord”. Each letter offers something that is deeply instructive to us today.
This Sunday we will look at the letter to the church in Sardis. The message from the Risen Christ to them is about overcoming mediocrity and apathy in our spiritual lives. I hope to see you Sunday as we look into the smart mirror of God’s word.
P.S. We will be blessed with uplifting special music this Sunday from Marty Oetting and the Good Turn Daily Bluegrass Band.