Wake Up, Sleeper!

Good morning!!

finish-line

“And we desire that each one of you show the same diligence so as to realize the full assurance of hope until the end, so that you will not be sluggish, but imitators of those who through faith and patience inherit the promises.”

~Hebrews 6:11-12~

Sluggish.

slow, dull, slothful; lazy, inert, listless (lackadaisical).

In our mad dash to get through a day…a week…in our busyness…our faith can fall asleep at the wheel.  We think we’re doing well because we’re busy, but we have become sluggish…sat down even…in this race we are in.  This battle we are in.

And that is exactly where our Enemy wants us.  Sitting on the sidelines of our Faith-Race, entangled in the net of busy~yet~complacent.

~But~

“No soldier in active service entangles himself in the affairs of everyday life, so that he may please the one who enlisted him as a soldier. Also if anyone competes as an athlete, he does not win the prize unless he competes according to the rules.”  ~2 Timothy 2:4-5~

{What is it in this everyday life that is entangling me?}

We are soldiers…we are athletes running for the Prize.

But we can so easily become entangled in the affairs of everyday life.

There is more than this everyday life that we see.  There is more.

One of my favorite quotes from C.S. Lewis’ book The Screwtape Letters is this… (in this conversation, an older demon is training a younger demon on how to snare “his man” into sin and keep him away from a relationship with God)…

“You will say that these are very small sins; and doubtless, like all young tempters, you are anxious to be able to report spectacular wickedness. But do remember, the only thing that matters is the extent to which you separate the man from the Enemy (God). It does not matter how small the sins are provided that their cumulative effect is to edge the man away from the Light and out into the Nothing. Murder is no better than cards if cards can do the trick. Indeed the safest road to Hell is the gradual one-the gentle slope, soft underfoot, without sudden turnings, without milestones, without signposts.”

C.S. Lewis

I remember reading this quote and waking up to the fact that all Satan needs to do is to lure us into a place of complacency…sluggishness…into distracted busyness…to make use useless vessels.  All he needs to do is to edge us out into Nothing.  Away from the Light.  Down a gentle slope.

When we become sluggish in our faith, we forget that we are standing next to an ocean of grace and all we have to do is step into it.

stepping into ocean

When we become complacent, we forget that we have access to the Word of God…the Presence of the One who spoke the world into being, Who wants to fill us with His Life.  He’s here, with us, and still we search and chase worthless things.  We shrug off His Presence…we look past His loving face.

Word

All we have to do is wake up and open our eyes…He is there.

“For this reason it says, “Awake, sleeper, And arise from the dead, And Christ will shine on you.” 

~Ephesians 5:14

  • Have you found yourself complacent in your faith?  Has the busyness of life caused your faith to be sluggish and dull?
  • Today, can we just wake up and plead with our Holy God to be filled with His Presence?  Can we pray that He would set our hearts on fire and shine His Light on us?
  • Today, can we repent of our complacency?  We stand on the shores of His grace and He wants us swimming in the sea of it.  Saturated with it.  Full of His Presence, alive and alert.

Father, the Holy One, the Great I Am…You are here with us and yet we can be so blind to Your Presence.  We grow dull and complacent when we are in a battle…we sit on the sidelines when we could be pursuing Your Love.  We walk on the shore of Your grace when we could be swimming in Your sea.  Father, wake us up!  Set our hearts on fire!!  Untangle us from our webs that we have tangled ourselves in.  Help us to remember that there is so much more for us than this life.  Thank You for Your great patience with us and for Your great mercy.  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Blessings…

“Let the Word of Christ richly dwell within you…”

Colossians 3:16a

~Nicole

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