A Few Names

n speaking to the church in Sardis in Revelation 3, Jesus said bluntly, “You are dead.” Visitors to the church noticed a lot of activity, but in terms of spiritual life and doctrinal truth the congregation was dead in God’s sight. Yet not everyone. There were a few true Spirit-filled believers in the city of Sardis who were commended by Jesus.

 

 

Recommended Reading: 1 Kings 19:13-18

 

It’s discouraging to see churches die, church buildings abandoned, and ministries struggling to keep their doors open. It’s even worse to see apparently thriving churches that have abandoned the truth of the Gospel. Yet every generation has “a few names”—a handful of faithful servants of God who are committed to following Christ without turning back.

 

In 1 Kings 19, the prophet Elijah complained he was the only prophet left in Israel, “and they seek to take my life” (verse 14). But the Lord told him, “Yet I have reserved seven thousand in Israel, all whose knees have not bowed to Baal” (verse 18).

 

Let’s be among the few who say, “Though none go with me, still I will follow.”

 

I have decided to follow Jesus. No turning back, no turning back.

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