There are so many people in this world who just obey the laws and find something to do for a living. Their baptisms are all they consider necessary to confirm their honor as the Lords church. Yet so many are without any zeal for even the simplest of Gods work of faith. They may serve the community on a government job or give to the girlscouts when they come to the door. This is the kind of works they choose to believe is Gods righteousness. True there are services rendered that are important to us but so is going to the bathroom. Will we get to heaven for going to the restroom. The bible tells us consider all persecution but dung. Many of the hero jobs is to render service to prevent persecution for laws purpose. Taking care of the poop of what people do. Even our nations defense is taking care of the poop compared to the real call of Faith. Our citizenship is to heaven. We cannot sit at home with our families swearing by one another that the we are serving the Lord if talked about the loved ones who died and mourned them. Sitting playing cards on sunday instead of going to church together. Going to play golf or bowling swearing by the membership to the lodge that we are doing charitable works because the lodge has a charity. Whatever peace there is in this world is but for a moment. The peace we recieve from christ is a fight greater than laws can bring honor to. However christ did come to put a sword to the world not peace to it. The only peace we can ever really know that has value to us to God is his peace that lasts forever. If the elders in our families are just luke warm and live fellowshipping with one another with no real faith except in what they deem righteous about their own lives which often is that they obeyed the law. If each family elder held it in their hearts they need not honor the faithfull of the church as a confirming authority of our communion . Really persecuting the rest of the family younger believing they are who confirm our faith in the Lord and sit as the elect without works that furthered the gospel ever. Because of Jesus its brother against brother , father against son, mother against daughter . This is so because of the image of christ we conform to. The will of God and our birth into his family sets us apart from the rest of our family. God needs to raise us into his image. The training we recieve from our families doesnt hold the same value to God that we need for our soul. We have to be children of his righteousness and not the Lorded heritage of this world. Watch out for luke warm family fellowship.
To the angela of the church in Sardis write:
These are the words of him who holds the seven spiritsb of God and the seven stars. I know your deeds; you have a reputation of being alive, but you are dead. 2Wake up! Strengthen what remains and is about to die, for I have not found your deeds complete in the sight of my God. 3Remember, therefore, what you have received and heard; obey it, 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.
4Yet you have a few people in Sardis who have not soiled their clothes. They will walk with me, dressed in white, for they are worthy. 5He who overcomes will, like them, be dressed in white. I will never blot out his name from the book of life, but will acknowledge his name before my Father and his angels. 6He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.
To the Church in Philadelphia
7“To the angel of the church in Philadelphia write:
These are the words of him who is holy and true, who holds the key of David. What he opens no one can shut, and what he shuts no one can open. 8I know your deeds. See, I have placed before you an open door that no one can shut. I know that you have little strength, yet you have kept my word and have not denied my name. 9I will make those who are of the synagogue of Satan, who claim to be Jews though they are not, but are liars—I will make them come and fall down at your feet and acknowledge that I have loved you. 10Since you have kept my command to endure patiently, I will also keep you from the hour of trial that is going to come upon the whole world to test those who live on the earth.
11I am coming soon. Hold on to what you have, so that no one will take your crown. 12Him who overcomes I will make a pillar in the temple of my God. Never again will he leave it. I will write on him the name of my God and the name of the city of my God, the new Jerusalem, which is coming down out of heaven from my God; and I will also write on him my new name. 13He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.
To the Church in Laodicea
14“To the angel of the church in Laodicea write:
These are the words of the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the ruler of God’s creation. 15I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were either one or the other! 16So, because you are lukewarm—neither hot nor cold—I am about to spit you out of my mouth. 17You say, ‘I am rich; I have acquired wealth and do not need a thing.’ But you do not realize that you are wretched, pitiful, poor, blind and naked. 18I counsel you to buy from me gold refined in the fire, so you can become rich; and white clothes to wear, so you can cover your shameful nakedness; and salve to put on your eyes, so you can see.
19Those whom I love I rebuke and discipline. So be earnest, and repent. 20Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with him, and he with me.
21To him who overcomes, I will give the right to sit with me on my throne, just as I overcame and sat down with my Father on his throne. 22He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.”