—Treasure Beyond Measure

Wake Up!

Ephesians 5:14K

“Wake up, O sleeper, rise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you.” (NIV84)

Today, right now, the world is in a spiritual slumber—asleep so soundly that it is the sleep of death. “Wake Up!” the Bible shouts, but the world sleeps on. Art, music, films, plays, novels and television are all about surface things, exterior things, superficial things. When does the protagonist pray and wait patiently for the Lord to protect them? When is the song about kindness and gentleness? When is the show truly about the Almighty?

People go about their life fantasizing that if they were alive when Christ walked the earth that they would have followed him, and yet He is right there in the Bible and very few pay him any real mind. Oh, they talk a talk, but follow him? Not at all. They are spiritually asleep—the sleep of death—land of the walking dead—zombies, and they don’t even know it. “Wake up, O sleeper, rise from the dead…

My job, my education, my accomplishments—look at me and what I have, look at me and see what I have done, look at me and mine and be impressed. I am rich and have everything I need and want. I am successful—a winner at the game of life. Look-at-ME. My life is about me and I am the center of my universe.

Pleasure, comfort, warmth, honor, contentment: what else is worth having? Study hard and be good, network, make connections and you will rise to the top.

I am free to be me, is my mantra. Ahh, isn’t freedom wonderful?

Land of the free, home of the brave, we are the best and I am part of the we.

Wake up, O sleeper, rise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you.

Who’s asleep? I’m master of my own destiny. I am awake and in control of my life.

Wake up, O sleeper, rise from the dead,…” Your world is coming apart at the seams—it has no captain and is swirling out of control. Wake up and open your eyes and see that it’s caught in the current of the river headed towards the falls. The Death Ship is drifting down the river. Can you not see it? Even if you try? Wake up, O sleeper and look. The Death Ship is drifting into waters that no one wants to go—total war and economic destruction, crime and fear, hopelessness. My friend, please wake up and look down the river. See that the dream is becoming a nightmare.

Life without God at the helm is not possible. It just is not possible. God who can see from the beginning to the end is the only Captain capable of bringing his passengers through. And what does the Captain ask of you? Only that you trust in him, so that you can dine at his table, and the light of Christ can shine on you. Amen.


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