Wake Up!

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

Feeling a bit snooozzzzzzy? I am.

It’s 5:36 a.m. and I’m already on my second cup of coffee. Unfortunately, it appears that I’m becoming immune to caffeine and I’m giving serious consideration to climbing back into my warm and comfy bed.

I need a supernatural wake-up call. Without further ado, here are my favorite DON’T-EVEN-THINK-ABOUT-HITTING-THE-SNOOZE-BUTTON-AGAIN-YOU-SLACKER-GET-UP-GET-OUT-THERE-AND-GO-LIVE-FOR-GOD-THROUGH-THE-POWER-OF-THE-HOLY-SPIRIT-STARTING-RIGHT-NOW VERSES:

Get Up With God

If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself
and take up his cross daily and follow me. (Luke 9:23)

Here’s a great way to start every day . . .

GOOD MORNING, GOD!
Thanks for another day.
Help me live it for you.
Not for me.
Everything I have
everything I am
is yours.
Help me follow you
with every step I take today.
AMEN

Wake Up!

Wake up, O sleeper, rise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you.  Romans 5:14

Feeling snoozy?  I am.

It’s 6:06 a.m. and I’m already on my second cup of coffee.  Unfortunately, it appears that I’ve become immune to caffeine and I’m giving serious consideration to climbing back in my comfy bed.

Worse, lately it seems like I’ve been sleepwalking through life from a spiritual perspective.  If you watched me all day long you’d probably have no idea that I’m a Christian.

I need a biblical wake-up call.  Without further ado, here are my favorite “Don’t Hit the Snooze Button Again You Slacker and Get Out There and Live for God” verses:

  • “The hour has come for you to wake up from your slumber, because our salvation is nearer now than when we first believed.  The night is nearly over; the day is almost here.”  Romans 13:11-12
  • “Why are you sleeping?” Jesus asked his disciples.  “Get up and pray so that you will not fall into temptation.”  Luke 22:4
  • “How long will you lie there, you sluggard?  When will you get up from your sleep?  A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest — and poverty will come on you like a bandit and scarcity like an armed man.”  Proverbs 6:9-11
  • “Remember, therefore, what you have received and heard; obey it, and repent.  But if you do not wake up, I will come like a thief, and you will not know at what time I will come to you.”  Revelation 3:3

GET UP NOW!

Get Up With God

Seek first his kingdom and his righteousness and all these things will be given to you as well.  Matthew 6:33

What do you “seek first”?

Me, I’m a nincompoop.  From the moment I wake to the moment I sleep I do one nincompoopish thing after another.  If you followed me around and tried to figure out what I seek each day, the list would look something like this:

  1. Fun
  2. Food
  3. More fun
  4. More food
  5. Repeat

One problem with being a nincompoop is that sometimes you do things that make no sense.  Like go to church.  One Sunday, I was sitting there “listening” to the sermon.  My thoughts were going something like this:  football . . . food . . . football . . . food . . . football . . . food . . . what time is it? . . . man, we’ve still got 12 minutes to go . . . football . . . food . . . football . . . food . . . football . . . food . . . football . . . food . . . what time is it? . . . man, we’ve still got 11 minutes to go . . .

Without warning, my thoughts suddenly turned to what the preacher was saying.  This may not be an exact quote, but he said something like:  “Are you tired of being a nincompoop?  Are you sick of doing nincompoopish things?  Do you want to have your life contain less nincompoopery?”

He concluded by saying something like:  “When you get up tomorrow, seek God first and see what happens.”

The next morning I decided to give it a try.  Instead of seeking the snooze button or coffee maker first, I read a few words in the Bible, prayed a little and then waited to see what would happen.  I tried it again the next day and the next and the next and most every day since then.

It’s been slow, gradual and almost imperceptible at times, but looking back on my life since that first day, I can see a definite decline in my overall nincompoopity.  The equation is simple:

MORE GOD = LESS NINCOMPOOPISHNESS

I’ll close this first ramble with a few small words that just might change your life.  They changed mine.

GET UP WITH GOD