Seeing is not always believing. The church in Sardis had a great reputation for being a church full of life. But Jesus knew better. Where others saw life he saw death. He knew their works were incomplete. But there is always hope. epent. Go back to the beginning again. Hold on to what they knew. As in every letter there is a warning for those who will not listen and a promise for the overcomers. With every call to repentance there is hope and with every warning there is an open door.