A few nights ago, I was studying Revelation 3 and verses 1-6 caught my attention. I wanted to share with you the revelation I received about The Completed Work. Those of us that are called and chosen were given assignments to complete. We are called to complete those assignments for the Kingdom of God. I believe the same instructions given to the assembly (Church) in Sardis can be applied to each of us.
Revelation 3:1-6, instructs individuals to complete the works which God has entrusted to them. Revelation 3:1-3 reads:
“I know your work that you have a name, that you live, and are dead. Be watchful and strengthen the things which remain that are ready to die. For I have not found your work complete before God. Remember therefore how you have received and heard, and hold fast and repent.” Revelation 3:1-3
I would like to break this passage down and share some important points I noticed. Let us begin with verse one; it reads:
“I know your work that you have a name, that you live and are dead.”
In other words, they were known as and had a reputation of being alive, having an identity of being a believer, but they were dead. He is not referring to physical death, instead, he is referring to them being fruitless. They were as fruitless trees.
He then goes on to say,
“Be watchful and strengthen the things which remain that are ready to die.”
They were instructed to be watchful, perhaps at some point they were distracted, taken off course, or deceived by the adversary. Therefore, he told them to be watchful and alert. He then warned them to strengthen the things which remain. In other words, He was telling them that there was still hope for them. They were instructed to strengthen and bring back to life the things, the seeds which remains so that they could bring forth fruit. Remember, he referred to them as being dead, fruitless.
He instructed them to do so before that which remained, died. That which remained was near death, almost completely withered. But they were directed to bring it back to life, water and nourish the seeds so that they could be fruitful.
He told them,
“For I have NOT found your work complete before God.”
They were not fruitful. They were idle and almost spiritually dead; therefore the work that God entrusted them with was incomplete.
He then instructed them to:
“Remember therefore how you have received and heard and hold fast and repent.”
He advised them to remember, because at some point they were distracted and forgot. Notice he said “Remember How, NOT remember when or remember Why, but remember HOW you received and heard.
How did they receive and how did they hear?
“But other (seeds) fell into good ground, and brought forth fruit, some a hundredfold, some sixty fold, some thirty fold.”
This verse explains HOW, they RECEIVED. They received seed on good ground.
Matthew 13:23 explains HOW they RECEIVED AND HEARD,
“But he that received seed into the good ground is he that HEARS the word, and understands it; which also bears fruit and brings forth, some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty.”
At some point they received seeds on good ground. Notice that in Matthew 13:23, those that received seed into good ground, are those who heard the word. Back to Revelation 3:3, He instructed them to, Remember How they received and HEARD. Again, Matthew 13:23, says that those who received on good ground are those who HEARD the word and understood it and they brought forth fruit. The called out assembly in Sardis, at one point received on good ground; they received and heard the word and understood it at one point.
“Remember therefore how you have received and heard, and hold fast and repent.” Revelation 3:3
In Revelation 3:3, he reminds them and commands them to remember that moment. The moment they were enthusiastic and zealous when they received. He told them to hold fast, hold quickly and tightly this time and to not let the enemy steal it. Like those who received seeds on the wayside, they heard but the adversary came and stole that which was sown. (Matthew 13:4, 19). He then instructed them to repent, to turn from their fruitless ways and turn back to God; and be fruitful.
The question is, How do we bear fruit? We bear fruit by working. Fruits are our works, that which we do for the Kingdom of God; our laboring. Remember He said, “I know your WORKS“ and “For I have NOT found your WORKS complete.”
James 2:17-19, 26 reads,
“Even so faith, if it has not works, it is dead, being alone. Yea, a man may say, You have faith, and I have works: show me your faith without your works., and I will show you my faith by my works. You believe there is one God; you do well: the demons also believe, and tremble…For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.
James 2, lets us know that faith without any works and any fruit is DEAD. He then goes on to let us know that just believing in God is not enough, for even the demons believe and fear God. (Remember in Revelation 3:1, He says I know your work, that you have a name, that you live, but are dead. They had a reputation of being believers, of believing in God, but, the demons also believe. What sets one a part is their actions, their works). Just as the body without the spirit is dead so is faith without any works or fruit. Remember in Revelation 3:1 He tells them, ” I know your work, that you have a name, that you live and are DEAD.” In other words, fruitless.
Next question, How do we complete our work? We complete our work, by following the instructions of the Most High. Each of us are instructed individually. Let us look at the instructions given to the assembly (Church) in Sardis, which can be applied to each of us. He warned them to “Be watchful and strengthen the things which remain that are ready to die” and to “Remember HOW you have received and heard, and hold fast and repent.” These same instructions can be applied to us today. We are to get to work, labor and bear fruit for the Kingdom. Remember the parable of Talents (Matthew 25:30). We want to hear the Father say, Well done my good and faithful servant: you have been faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things: enter into the joy of your LORD.” Matthew 25:21.
The question we must all answer: Have you been completing your work for the Kingdom of God?