Yeah, so it’s been awhile.
Days they force you Back under those covers
Lazy mornings they multiply
But glory’s waiting Outside your window
So wake on up from your slumber And open up your eyes
Tongues are violent Personal and focused
Tough to beat with Your steady mind
But hearts are stronger after broken
So wake on up from your slumber And open up your eyes
The above are lyrics from “Slumber” from the Christian rock band NEEDTOBREATHE, and the song is imploring believing listeners to not only embrace the freedom that we have in Christ, but to awaken and lead the lives we are called to live. God wants us to know that we are no longer slaves to sin, to open our eyes to the fruitful calling and plans that He has for us.
I want to explore “waking up from our slumber” and living with an expectation that Jesus will return soon and along the way we’ll seek wisdom from God’s Word so that we can spend our time wisely and effectively. Let’s wake up and see what God reveals to us on the subject.
First, let’s examine Isaiah 60:1-2 and Ephesians 5:14-17 and see if you spot a common theme:
“Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord rises upon you. See, darkness covers the earth and thick darkness is over the peoples, but the Lord rises upon you and his glory appears over you.” – Isaiah 60:1-2
“This is why it is said: ‘Wake up, sleeper, rise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you.’ Be very careful, then, how you live – not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is.”
The Isaiah verse is compelling the people of Jerusalem (Zion) to wake from their slumber, that while darkness envelops the rest of the earth their King will live among them – don’t miss Him! Similarly, Ephesians compels us believers to wake up from the dead, to no longer walk in the sin that enslaved us, but to be wise and seek the Lord’s will for our lives.
Let’s make sure that we don’t miss out on all the Lord is doing in our lives. If your personal walk with the Lord is a little sluggish today, or if you are struggling with old problems rejoice in the fact that Lord is gently waking you up and restoring you, revitalizing you and readying you! Psalm 23:3 reminds us that “He restores my soul. He leads me in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.”
The other amazing thing to realize as we walk through life on earth with our newfound freedom in Christ is that He will return again someday, and then our journey continues with Him into eternity, and God wants us ready for this amazing day! He wants us to know that with every passing day we are that much closer to glory and with that in mind we need to wake up and lead the holy and pleasing lives that were intended for us. Paul writes about this in Romans 13:11-14:
“And do this, understanding the present time: The hour has already come for you to wake up from your slumber, because our salvation is nearer now than when we first believed. 12 The night is nearly over; the day is almost here. So let us put aside the deeds of darkness and put on the armor of light. 13 Let us behave decently, as in the daytime, not in carousing and drunkenness, not in sexual immorality and debauchery, not in dissension and jealousy. 14 Rather, clothe yourselves with the Lord Jesus Christ, and do not think about how to gratify the desires of the flesh.
The amazing thing to realize here is that God has already transformed our lives through the blood of Jesus, and has empowered us through His Holy Spirit to overcome the powers of darkness, so we need not struggle! 2 Corinthians 5:17 reminds us that “If anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here.” So while the crafty devil may attempt to tantalize us with the old things that once enslaved us we have been made new and those old powers of darkness no longer hold any power over us.
We just need to make sure to wake up from our slumber and realize that we have this hope – daily.
We need to also be very aware that as we awaken daily to our freedom in Christ that a weary and troubled world is watching us. Family and friends who saw us frequently walking in the darkness of our old lives now see us wide awake and strolling in the hope and light of the Lord and they will want to know what is going on. Are you awake enough to talk to them about the hope that you have? Yes! This very concept is discussed in 1 Peter 3:15-16:
“In your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect, 16 keeping a clear conscience, so that those who speak maliciously against your good behavior in Christ may be ashamed of their slander.”
Personally, I find myself wide awake when I take time to truly see the living God when meditating on the written Word. I am convicted and filled with hope as I see Jesus from the Old Testament to the New, and as a result my prayer life is more active as I seek His will for my life.
I hope this exploration into waking from our slumber has literally been eye-opening for you and that if you were a little groggy and tired in the beginning that you are wide awake now and full of the hope that comes from being a Christian. I encourage you to put your faith into action daily and that you will dedicate time each day to the Bible and recognize that God’s Word is not a collection of static lines on paper, but holy and alive! See Hebrews 4:12-13:
“For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. Nothing in all creation is hidden from God’s sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of him to whom we must give account.”
Wake up my friends! You are blessed and loved!
The above is a contribution to FUEL Ministries that I penned a few months ago. I encourage you to explore FUEL to help you discover God’s amazing plan for your life. A life of truth and abundance.