Thought for the week
‘Wake up, sleeper, rise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you.’ ( Ephesians 5:14)
BLISSFUL sleep! What would we do without it? Dead to the world. Our troubles forgotten. Anything can be happening, and we are not aware of it. And that’s the point. Sleep is great, but there are times we need to have our wits about us.
These words were originally written to Christians, but they could be for any of us. Are we conscious of our relationship with God or just drift along? Have we forgotten how Christ helped us to see things differently? How he gave us hope, and led us into a better lifestyle? Do we press on, or have we slipped back? Do we love him or forget him? Do we care about what he can do for the people around us? Would we be glad or ashamed if he returned today? Living with him, or dead to the world?
The alarm goes off. It’s dark; we wonder where we are and what’s happening. Perhaps we wake up to spiritual confusion. But one of the best things about the gospel is that Christ never makes demands without offering his help. ‘Rise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you.’ He never turns away a sincere questioner. So let’s believe he is a real person. Speak to him, knowing he is hearing and will give us an answer. Read his words in the Bible, and he ‘ will shine on you.’