Written by Joel Igbokwe
The writer to the Romans tells us that it is time to wake up in the spiritual sense. It is important as a believer that you stay spiritually awake. Romans 13:11 “And do this, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep; for now our salvation is nearer than when we first believed.”
Beloved of God,
The Alarm goes off at 6:17! It’s time to wake up! It you are asleep spiritually, you need to stay spiritually awake!
Do you use an alarm clock to wake up this morning or any other time? Sometimes it is difficult to get up right away. Lot of alarm clocks; even on our cell phones have button on them called a snooze alarm. When your alarm goes off, you can hit that button and go back to sleep. In about five minutes, the alarm rings again. You can just keep on doing this and go right on sleeping.
Maybe it is fine and dandy to get that extra sleep under the covers, but there are two bad results with snooze alarms. The first is that if you keep on hitting the snooze alarm, you may be late or miss out on something completely, like happened to my wife, Ozichi. The second problem is that if you keep hitting the snooze alarm, you may get so used to the sound of the alarm that you don’t even hear it at all and you will sleep right through the alarm.
Spiritually, God sounds a “wake up” alarm in our lives daily. He speaks to our heart and says, “It’s time to wake up and get serious.”(Romans 13:11, 1 Peter 4:7). Some people hit the snooze button and say, “Not now Lord, call me again — a little bit later.” (Jeremiah 6:17). And some people hit that “snooze button” so many times that they get to where they don’t even hear God’s voice. Just as they finally wake up, they find out that it is too late.
God appointed Ezekiel to be a watchman to his people not only to bring them warnings but also to preach message of hope. The second part of his message is that God will remember to bless his people who are faithful to him (Ezekiel 33:1-48:35). Let us pay close attention to both aspects of Ezekiel’s message: warning and promise. Those who persist in rebelling against God should take warning. It’s time to wake up if you are rebelling against God. Those faithful to God should find encouragement and hope. To get the later, we should change our mindset.
It’s time to wake up. It’s time to stay spiritually awake!
Let’s stay spiritually awake, get up and moving for our Lord! There is plenty of time to rest in eternity!