My husband has this uncanny ability to sleep and be alert at the same time. I say to him, “Babe, yesterday I was …” Ten minutes into the conversation, I hear snoring.
“Babe, you asleep!”
To which he replies, “No I am not.”
“You are snoring!”
“No, I am not. I’m just trying to breathe.”
His eyes then close again, and I squeal, “Babe! You are asleep.” Yet, each and every time, he can verbatimly tell me what I said.
I can’t get mad at my husband for falling asleep while I am talking, because he never misses a bit of our conversation.
The same thing can’t be said for the church in Sardis. They were kind of like my husband. Except, they looked as if they were awake and actively following God’s instruction, but they were asleep. The complacency of Sardis sparked a startling reminder from Christ.