“Awake, you who sleep, arise from the dead and Christ will give you light” (Ephesians 5:14)
To wake up is your first duty and your next duty is to shine. God says “Awake, awake! Put on your strength, O Zion.” Put on the strength of the high which the Holy Spirit gives. Put on the power of the Spirit.
You should not wear the look of a dead soul or a person afflicted by a spirit of stupor. God did not call the dead persons as dead but saw them as people who sleep. This can be seen in the verse given at the top. That is why He asks them to arise from the dead. When God awoke the church of Sardis He said: “You have a name that you are alive, but you are dead.” (Revelation 3:1).
A big river was flowing on the top of a hill. It ran on a plain for a few kilometres and then from a very high altitude it ran through many valleys and finally ended as a huge fall. One day a boatman tied his boat to a tree and fell asleep in the boat.
The forceful river water kept on dashing the boat and in the impact, the knot of the rope was loosened and the boat got detached from the tree. The boat moved to the middle part of the river where the water was fast flowing. The boat was liable to fall to earth from a high altitude and so the people around began to shout “Boatman, Awake!” But he did not come out of the sleep and pathetically lost his life falling upside down along with the boat from the above.
Today, many people indulge in worldly pleasures and unknowingly are being attracted towards the hell. They are fast asleep being affected by the spirit of stupor and the complacency of fools. They do not realise the importance of reaching the end of the world wherein the destination will be determined; to heaven or not. The complacency of fools pulls the people towards the eternal hade and into the lake of fire.
Today, the Holy Spirit touches and awakes you and conveys this as an emergency message. “Awake, you who sleep, arise from the dead.” There is an old Tamil song which goes this way. “Zion who was roaming far away was lifted by hands of God and was made the bride after being decorated with necklaces.” “Take heed, watch and pray; ….. for you do not know when the master of the house is coming—in the evening, at midnight, at the crowing of the rooster, or in the morning. …..Watch!” (Mark 1:35-37).
Dear children of God, the Scripture repeatedly tells you “Continue earnestly in prayer, being vigilant in it with thanksgiving” (Colossians 4:2). “Pray without ceasing” (1 Thessalonians 5:17). Be awake so that you can meet Christ during His coming.
To meditate: “Therefore let us not sleep, as others do, but let us watch and be sober” (1 Thessalonians 5:6).