Wake up! Strengthen what remains and is about to die, for I have found your deeds unfinished in the sight of my God. Remember, then, what you have received and heard; hold it fast and repent. But if you do not wake up, I will come like a thief and you will not know at what time I will come to you. The one who is victorious will be dressed in white. I will never blot out the name of that person from the book of life, but will acknowledge that name before my Father and his angels.
Revelation 3:2,3, 5
It seems that the church in Sardis has lost sight of the ultimate goal of God. They got sidetracked and have unfinished business with God. It's interesting that we are not talking about overtly "bad" sins that we think about - cheating, killing, gossiping that John is writing about - but rather "unfinished business" that has fallen short of God's plans. Coming up short, lacking victory is about to kill whatever progress they once made.
How much do I get sidetracked? How much have I separated from The Way, The Truth and The Life that God intended for me. What keeps me from Jesus? Too much electronics? Too much self-focus? Too much enmeshment in this world?
I think about that first wave of Spirit-led life that I held in times of renewal: truths I need to go back to; trust I need to regain. To come "awake" to those, to grow conscious again of the guidance they hold in my life is crucial, John says, to be victorious and to be ready for the returning Christ.
This may mean the final return of Christ, but have my distractions and other-reliance caused me to miss Christ's presence and possibilities today? The world's call to evil and to sin will cause me to miss the mark of his presence guiding me along The Way. When he comes along, I may have missed the chance to be led or comforted. I may have missed the path altogether.
I want to be recognizeable and seen (dressed in white) on the day present or final at the coming of the Lord! I want to put aside distractions and diversions which would cause me to miss Him! I need to finish the business that the Lord has begun in me!