"Write to the angel of the church in Sardis:
The One who has the seven spirits of God and the seven stars says: I know your works; you have a reputation for being alive, but you are dead.”
Reputation and reality are not always the same. What other people think about you is almost always fundamentally inaccurate simply because they have no way of knowing your heart. Many people are judged by their outward appearance alone. Even actions can be very deceiving. If you had been there the night that Peter denied Jesus what would your opinion be about this giant in the early days of Christianity? You would have probably thought Peter was weak and cowardly.
Remember that reputations usually miss the mark of what a man or woman really is inside. In fact, I can even be deceived about what kind of man I am.
The only way to know what I am inside is to ask God to show me. God knows hearts. He knows your heart and He knows mine. Ask God to tell you whether you are DEAD OR ALIVE!