Awake | Ephesians 5:14-21
“Awake, O sleeper, and arise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you.” Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is. And do not get drunk with wine, for that is debauchery, but be filled with the Spirit, addressing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody to the Lord with your heart, giving thanks always and for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, submitting to one another out of reverence for Christ. Ephesians 5:14-21 |ESV
“Could the growl of our roaring machinery and the glare of our bright screens and flashing signs relocate us among those with ears that do not hear, those with eyes that do not see? In this way, is the call to worship a summons to the half dead, half asleep, and half numb to strip down, set out, and draw near to the one thing money not only cannot buy, but may actually rob us of? Could it be that the conceptualized and formalized worship of the ‘developed world’ is actually designed to inhibit and control rather than foment joy?” Brian McClaren | Naked Spirituality
We do seem to be a society lulled to restless sleep by the incessant hum of activity. To embrace the practices of worship, prayer, contemplation, meditation is to answer the call to awake to a deeper hum of reverence. To lift up our heads, to lift up our hearts, to lift up our hands, to lift up our very lives as we awaken or seek to awaken to the God reality all around us. Some hear an ancient hymn or chant in Ephesians: “Awake, O sleeper, and arise from the dead.” An ancient call to an ancient and unending need. Apart, perhaps, from a weekly jolt on Sundays, the spiritual life of many resembles more the lazy man hinged to his bed, constantly turning, snorting, maybe, but never waking – and never going anywhere – than the “man fully alive” described by Irenaeus. Too frequently we join the three in the garden, “sleeping for sorrow,” nodding off even in the midst of our busyness. This is our wake up call.
How often would you say you really feel “awake”? What does being “awake” to God and spiritual life look like for you?
Lord, wake me from my half dead self, my half dead walk. Keep me from being lulled into numbness by the ceaseless activities of our culture. Let me step out today as one who is fully alive.
Stay awake to gratitude as you go through the day. Whenever you find yourself waiting – at a stoplight, for an elevator, etc. – see how many specific things you can be thankful for.
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