Wake Up, Spiritual Sleepyhead!
I’m cool with being awake. I actually like being awake. I’d rather be awake than asleep. For as long as I can remember I’ve thought sleep was a waste of time. Of course it isn’t. But it seems like it when I am awake. Yep. I like being awake… unless I am enjoying my sleep. I like being awake… but I don’t like waking up. Awakening is not my favorite process. Waking up is more difficult for some than others.
The snooze button may have been a nice invention, but I don’t think it was a good one. I enjoy the snooze a little too much. The snooze button allows you to put off getting up. It doesn’t put off waking up, because you have to be awake in order to engage the snooze button. What it puts off is the getting up. And I think most of us don’t feel like we are awake until we get up.
It is one thing to put off waking up in the natural realm. It is another thing to keep hitting the snooze button in your spiritual life. God has things He wants us to do in life. He wants us to be productive as we accomplish tasks in the Kingdom. And when we are in it, we like doing those things because He has made it to where we experience good feelings, growth, and a sense of fulfillment. But often times it is the waking us up that is the problem.
The apostle Paul wrote to the early Christians about our affinity to hit the snooze button in the spiritual realm…
“It is already the hour for you to wake up from sleep, for now our salvation is nearer than when we first believed. The night is nearly over, and the daylight is near, so let us discard the deeds of darkness and put on the armor of light. Let us walk with decency, as in the daylight: not in carousing and drunkenness; not in sexual impurity and promiscuity; not in quarreling and jealousy. But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no plans to satisfy the fleshly desires.” (Romans 13:11-14)
Things are ramping up because things are winding down. Christ will return before too long, and when He does this chapter of grace and redemption will close. There will be no more time to do what you are supposed to do to reach a lost world.
As you awaken to God’s mission, remember that you have some things to do to be ready to serve effectively. We can’t bring others into the light of God if we are living in darkness ourselves. Walk in decency. Just doing this one thing is going to be counter-cultural. Living a decent life will cause others to take note that there is something different about you. This means putting aside carousing, drunkenness, sexual impurity, and promiscuity, as well as quarreling and jealousy. You will never accomplish what you should as long as you are still participating in these activities.
Paul then says that we need to “put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no plans to satisfy the flesh.” You don’t walk out of the house without putting something on. Don’t walk into the battle without putting on Christ. Now most people would say, “I don’t plan to satisfy fleshly desires.” But when you don’t have a plan to succeed, you have a plan to fail. Not having a righteous plan is having an unrighteous plan. You don’t hit 100% of the targets you don’t aim at. If you don’t aim for holiness, you’ll miss it every time.
Today, wake up. Get after it. The light is here, and it won’t last long. The clock is ticking. Snoozing is for losing.
[Bible quotes are from the Holman Christian Standard Bible, unless otherwise noted.]
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