Wednesday’s Word: The Wake Up Call

Read Luke 8:49-55Open Link in New Window

“Wake up, O sleeper, rise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you.” – Ephesians 5Open Link in New Window:14b (NIV)

We have all had that day – the one where we overslept.  While we were counting sheep and dreaming of better days, the world went on without us, and we missed it.  Our refreshing and relaxing sleep was suddenly broken by a panic that flows through our veins.  We are late.  This is a statement that is loaded with consequences – we have let people down, we have missed the meeting, we have failed our boss, and we have been a disappointment to others.

Oversleeping frames our entire day in a mode of panic.  We are less likely to have a good day.  We are more likely to experience stress. By oversleeping, our reality is defined by simply missing what is going on around us.

What if oversleeping and missing what was happening around us was not just a physical phenomenon but could be applied to our spiritual lives?  Many Christians today are asleep spiritually.  They just go through the motions of life and miss the fact that God is at work around them.

A few years ago, I taught a class on Henry Blackaby’s book, Experiencing God.  This is a challenging material that calls Christians to wake up to the fact that God is at work around them.  This is the same truth that Ephesians 5Open Link in New Window:14b is calling us to.  Just like the little girl in Luke 8Open Link in New Window, we need to wake up from our spiritual slumber to see God at work around us.  We must allow Jesus to whisper into our ear “My child, arise.  See me at work.”

Daily Prayer

Jesus, whisper softly in my ear.  Wake me up to what You are doing in the world.  I love You and want to see You move today. Amen.

Thought for the Day

Are you awake to see God at work all around you?

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