Wake Up, Sleeping Christians!

Do you hear the call? We’re quite a group, you know — saved by grace, we sit in pews across the nation every Sunday. Bibles occupy bookshelves in our homes, we pray before meals. We’re good people, for the most part. We get it wrong sometimes, but we try. We have different interests, sometimes different interpretations, different personalities. One common Savior.

But we’re sleeping, and it’s time to wake up. There’s work to be done.

When we go to sleep at night, our bodies do not actually rest. The cells use that time to generate new growth, and our brains sort through everything that happened in the day. For the body, sleep is productive and necessary. But our bodies aren’t meant to stay asleep — all that regeneration gives us energy to tackle the new day, and so we wake up, drink some coffee and get going.

For whatever reason, we’ve been sleeping spiritually. Do you feel that? See it? Here’s a short list. Feel free to add on through comments and I’ll post them on the list below.

1. We’re afraid of unbelievers. They might rub off on us, so we create a little Christian cocoon around ourselves to feel safe.
2. We can’t get enough of God’s word but don’t know where to put it.
3. We’re not sure if we’ve felt the Holy Spirit.
4. We think faith is logical. A supernatural deity who created something out of nothing and gave humans eternal spirits, saving us through a virgin birth, a resurrection, and then this Person is currently alive in heaven “interceding” for us as we speak? Sure, sounds perfectly logical to me.
5. We feed our churches but fail to feed the poor.
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6. Too Busy. When you work the kind of hours that I (and most Americans) do, after a while it lulls you to sleep. Days, months, weeks go by and finally that still small voice hits you, usually early in the morning before your day starts, or at night when we go to bed, when it is quiet. I am hearing that voice even less often, and that is starting to worry me.
7. Fear of joy. Ideally the Christian message would only attract people who wanted to be filled with joy. But unfortunately, the message is twisted to validate people who are afraid of joy. That’s what causes legalism. Joy is life changing event, and status quo hates it.
8. Pointing out the nonbeliever’s “bad choices” expecting them to somehow still live by God’s rules when they don’t have a personal relationship with Him.
9. Spending all of our time telling God how big our problems are instead of telling our problems how big our God is. (guilty)
10. We think the world stops at our feet. How self-centered I can be sometimes! All those people out there, not only in my city, not only the ones I know personally, but in the whole world, needing a Savior’s love.

Any others?

But everything exposed by the light becomes visible, or it is light that makes everything visible. This is why it is said: “Wake up, O sleeper, rise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you.” Be very careful, then, how you live–not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. Ephesians 5:13-16

13 thoughts on “Wake Up, Sleeping Christians!

  1. Good Post.

    6) Too Busy. When you work the kind of hours that I (and most Americans) do, after a while it lulls you to sleep. Days, months, weeks go by and finally that still small voice hits you, usually early in the morning before your day starts, or at night when we go to bed, when it is quiet. I am hearing that voice even less often, and that is starting to worry me.

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  2. cincyleo,
    That’s a good one, and I can certainly identify. Quiet time with God has to be a priority, but too often the “tyranny of the urgent” wins out. Thanks for adding on!

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  3. Good post…

    Too busy? How much time on the PC/TV/phone? I am guilty too…Call God he’s waiting : )

    New Christians do have to be careful where they go and who they spend time with as it is all too easy to slip back into bad habits but mature Christians should be able to spend time with unbelievers and let the light shine. For example, for a couple of years after I stopped drinking I was uncomfortable going into a bar to hear a band play so I stayed away but now I can go, order a Coke and nobody thinks twice about it. That puts me in a place where I can reach unbelievers. The bad habit is dead to me so I’m not putting myself at risk anymore. I know somebody now who is really starting to bloom in her Christian walk and she is struggling because of friends who don’t understand and will probably have to be left behind, at least for a while.

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  4. Anna,
    I think Point 2 is spot on, and as a believer it concerns me. “2) We can’t get enough of God’s word but don’t know where to put it”
    Makes me think of the apostle Pauls words concerning a latter day people “forever learning, but not able to come to a knowledge of the truth”
    Is it just me? That scripture troubles me, like what exactly is it that we are not able to come to a knowledge about, inspite of our forever learning.
    Is it as you say, we learn but don’t apply it, don’t use it for the Glory of God? Just sit on it, store it up, like a rich man and his treasure, adding more buildings for more spiritual treasure.
    Forgive my rambling.
    Blessings,
    Tim.

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  5. Tim,
    Thanks for recalling that verse. I like to think about how Jesus, when He was being tempted by the devil for 40 days in the wilderness, could immediately recall specific scriptures in direct application to the temptation. He didn’t just say the words, He *used* them. In this way the words made Satan back off — they accomplished something. That book is more than mere required reading.

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  6. I wanted to thank you for commenting on my site, and return the favor and offer my thoughts here. But, it’s hard to make a really positive comment, what with being an atheist and all…

    You don’t mention fear of joy. Ideally the Christian message would only attract people who wanted to be filled with joy. But unfortunately, the message is twisted to validate people who are afraid of joy. That’s what causes legalism. Joy is life changing event, and status quo hates it.

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  7. truthwalker,
    Your statement is insightful and accurate. I would imagine that heaven is a joyful place, and too often we think we can’t have joy until then. What would worship be like if we allowed ourselves to feel joy, really feel it?

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  8. Hey Anna, I just found you out here! I thought I’d add a couple:

    Pointing out the nonbeliever’s “bad choices” expecting them to somehow still live by God’s rules when they don’t have a personal relationship with Him.

    And spending all of our time telling God how big our problems are instead of telling our problems how big our God is. (guilty)

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  9. Lori — I am also guilty of trying to tell God how big our problems are, instead of the other way around.

    This made me think of another one:
    We think the world stops at our feet. How self-centered I can be sometimes! All those people out there, not only in my city, not only the ones I know personally, but in the whole world, needing a Savior’s love.

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  10. 8. Pointing out the nonbeliever’s “bad choices” expecting them to somehow still live by God’s rules when they don’t have a personal relationship with Him.

    Excellent observation. Seriously, I honestly think that the whole “Christian values” or “family values” movements are exactly that; trying to control how people behave (and using the government if need be!) instead of evangelization. Political and cultural agendas truly offend no one, but the cross of Jesus Christ offends everyone but those in Jesus Christ.

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  11. Job-
    Thanks for stopping by. And you make a great point about how too often Christianity just tries to control behavior. That’s exactly what the Pharisees did that made Jesus so angry toward them.

    How do we evangelize like Jesus?

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