We are almost halfway through 2020! Can you believe that? When I cast my eyes back to the beginning of the year it seems the appropriate amount of time has passed and yet it also feels like yesterday when we rang in the new year and the COVID-19 virus was just a virus in China. This Sunday, the pastor shared a sermon from the book of revelations and all of a sudden I found myself taking stock of my year.
To the angel of the church in Sardis write: These are the words of him who holds the seven spirits of God and the seven stars. I know your deeds; you have a reputation of being alive, but you are dead. Wake up! Strengthen what remains and is about to die, for I have found your deeds unfinished in the sight of my God. Rev 3:1-2 NIV
As I read that scripture, my mind went back to my new year resolutions and all the plans I had laid out for myself for the year. And I could almost hear God saying to me “I have found your deeds unfinished!” I have slacked in a lot of the things I set out to do. I started the year hot and ready to tackle life with God’s help and now I am halfway through and I find the zeal is quenching if not extinguished on some of my projects. I am starting to drag my feet on reading my bible every day and praying every day. My spiritual commitments to God have waned and I blame the unprecedented times in which we now live. I am so tired by the end of the day… certainly, God understands.
So although the sermon was not about what I am just sharing, I could not help but be stuck on the warning, “Wake up! and strengthen what remains and is about to die.” We are halfway through the year and God is giving me a wake-up call. I feel like He’s saying to me “girl.. you are slacking!!!” So today as I take stock, I encourage you to do the same. Are there any areas of your life where you have to wake up and strengthen what remains? Can you salvage what little momentum you have left and fan into flames the zeal you had for the things of God at the beginning of the year? Is there a project that you have so procrastinated on starting or following through with so much so that God would describe it as “unfinished”?
Well it’s not too late…. this is your wake-up call. Do not snooze the clock. Wake up and strengthen what remains.
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