For anything that becomes visible is light. Therefore it says, “Awake, O sleeper, and arise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you.” Ephesians 5:14
IT’S TIME TO WAKE UP!
Throughout the Bible, you will read multiple phrases along the lines of “waking up.” But, it isn’t the type of buzzing-alarm-clock waking up. In 1 Thessalonians 4:13, we see that Paul is desperately trying to inform us to not be ignorant about the second coming of Jesus Christ and our eternal state. Paul is wanting us to be fully prepared, and not caught off guard which can be caused by our denial or procrastination. …Let’s pause a minute… If God were to come at this very moment, would you feel like you’ve given your whole heart to glorify His name? Or if He were to come tonight, would it intervene with your plans or would He be proud to walk in the same room as you? We will never be a perfect Christian, if there is such a thing, but we can be a whole-hearted Christian. Surrendering to God our every moment, not allowing our flesh’s desires to come barging in, will bring you to your most joyful state of mind. Even in times that your struggling with your faith or battling your flesh’s desires, just pray to God for strength and endurance. Even just praying to God for His help and/or glorifying His name in prayer, brings Him enormous joy.
When I read Paul’s letters, I feel like he is shaking me by the shoulders saying “It’s time to wake up. It’s time to get to work. It’s time to live your life to it’s fullest potential. It’s time to fully live for Christ.” I believe Paul doesn’t want us to be afraid of Jesus Christ’s second coming, but to be prepared and excited!
1 John 2:15-16 says, “Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, love for the Father is not in them. For everything in the world — the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life — comes not from the Father but from the world.” So let’s take one more moment to think about this… you’ve probably heard the phrase “keep your eye on the prize,” right? Well, it’s suppose to be a crucial reminder to keep focused on the important things. It’s a reminder to not get distracted by shiny objects, or allow fear to settle in. So then, I challenge you to say this everyday to yourself and to those around you. Remind yourselves of your importance to God, because you are essential to His plan to glorify His name and His gospel. When times get tough, when fear comes knocking, when shame comes pouring in, and when the grass looks greener on the other side, take a breath and remind yourself to keep your eye on the prize. What an awesome reminder that we were not put on this earth to do as our hearts desire, but to glorify God.
So, are you willing to speak the truth when it’s not popular?
So we can confidently say, “The Lord is my helper; I will not fear; what can man do to me?” Hebrews 13:6
Please let me know if you ever need prayer.