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Monday, July 23, 2012

The Sleeping Christian

There is a well known saying, “Let sleeping dogs lie.” We know, of course, what the saying means. It means don’t stir up trouble… If things are quiet, just leave things alone.

I guess there is some merit to that saying in certain situations. There is even a concern to be considered; if we wake up a sleeping dog he may bite. However, it’s different with sleeping Christians. Sleeping Christians always need to be awakened! What good is a sleeping Christian? (None.) What good thing does he bring to the Kingdom? (Nothing.) How does his life reflect Christ? (It doesn’t.) How does his sleeping honor God? (Again, it doesn’t. Actually, his laziness brings no glory to God at all, but rather can bring a reproach.)

In the garden, Jesus disciples stayed close to Jesus but they kept falling asleep. Jesus kept urging them to “watch and pray” but slumber repeatedly overtook them. Likewise today, slumber has overtaken much of the body of Christ. We are so content to be ‘in His presence’, safe by his side, that we are not concerned with the things that concern Him. It seems that we are content to rest in His arms while the world spirals out of control toward Hell.

We have been given a message of hope, a message of joy, a message of peace, restoration, and reconciliation. We have been given the awesome honor and responsibility to tell the world about Christ. Somehow though we have been rocked to sleep by the lullaby of complacency. It goes something like this,

"Go to sleep you little Christian… Go to sleep you little Christian… Jesus went away, He’s com’in back someday, but you’ve done enough now little Christian…”

I think we know who sings that song to us, but the truth is, that a Christian asleep is of no benefit to the Kingdom of God. Until we Christians awaken ourselves, we cannot awaken the world! Awake out of sleep!
Our Salvation is nearer than when we first believed!!!

Romans 13:11-14 11 And do this, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep; for now our salvation is nearer than when we first believed. 12 The night is far spent, the day is at hand. Therefore let us cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armor of light. 13 Let us walk properly, as in the day, not in revelry and drunkenness, not in lewdness and lust, not in strife and envy. 14 But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to fulfill its lusts.

There is work to be done, and we can’t do it if we are just lying near to Jesus. Stop listening to the Devil sing his lullaby! We MUST wake up, and wake up NOW, and then wake up every other sleeping Christian we can find!