"Here is what I command you to write to the church in Sardis. Here are the words of the One who holds the seven spirits of God. He has the seven stars in his hand. He says, 'I know what you are doing. People think you are alive, but you are dead.
Wake up! Strengthen what is left, or it will die. You have not done all that my God wants you to do.
'So remember what you have been taught and have heard. Obey it. Turn away from your sins. If you don't wake up, I will come like a thief. You won't know when I will come to you.
'But you have a few people in Sardis who have kept their clothes clean. They will walk with me, dressed in white, because they are worthy.
Those who overcome will also be dressed in white. I will never erase their names from the Book of Life. I will speak of them by name to my Father and his angels.
'Those who have ears should listen to what the Holy Spirit says to the churches.'