Thought for the week

‘Wake up, sleeper, rise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you.’ ( Eph­e­sians 5:14)

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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.’

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