A few weeks ago I wrote a post about how we, as members of the general Christian population, are sleeping spiritually. Did you recognize any of your own habits in our list? I feel humbled and a little discouraged by this exercise, as I’ve been asleep for too long. But I fully believe that identifying the problem must precede a solution, because everything exposed by the light becomes visible. So I pray for The Light to expose those sleeping corners of our spirits today.
And once we know what we’re doing wrong, let’s seriously consider what we should be doing instead. How can we wake up? In the physical realm, I prefer three things to rouse me from sleep: a loud alarm clock, a strong cup of coffee, and natural light. So my morning routine goes something like this: hit the snooze button once, finally get out of bed, start the coffeemaker, have my quiet time with God over coffee, then open the blinds to let in the morning sun. After this sequence I usually feel alert and ready for whatever the day (or my children) may bring.
So what can we do to wake up spiritually? I’ve made a short list below — feel free to add on through comments.
1. Ask God to open our spiritual eyes. There’s a whole ‘nother world out there, and I think if we could see it from time to time we would never want to sleep again. But that kind of sight is His alone to give.
2. Study the Holy Spirit. I read through some of the New Testament the other day, choosing to focus on the Holy Spirit, rather than skimming over those parts like usual. All I can say is…. Wow. Go read it.
3. Question your motives. Why do you go to church? Why do you want a new TV? Why do you avoid the homeless on the corner by your office? Do you really believe in all this crazy supernatural stuff? Why don’t you live like you believe? These last two questions haunted me for the past year, and once I fully looked them in the face, I could sense my faith waking up.
4. Ask God to fine tune our ears so that we can hear from Him.
5. Ask God to help us obey His still small voice and those nudges that He so often uses.
6. Do what God says to do. From James 1:22 – Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says.
Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might know the things freely given to us by God, which things we also speak, not in words taught by human wisdom, but in those taught by the Spirit, combining spiritual thoughts with spiritual words. 1 Corinthians 2:12-13