Daily Devotional from Eagles' Wings
Today: Monday, July 24, 2017

Time To Get Up!

Awake to righteousness, and sin not.

A most amazing, and amusing, human practice is sleep. It is amazing that one who has reached the Biblical seventy years has already spent about twenty-three years in bed. It is amusing that we all, overcome by an uncontrollable urge, climb into bed, put the lights out, and waituntil the phenomenon of sleep turns down our hearing volume, closes our eyes, and quietly slips the brain out of gear. During the hours of sleep, millions of tiny workers are very much awake, reconditioning and recharging the body for another days toil.

There is, of course, a time to sleep and a time to be awake. The Lord counselled His disciples to rest awhile after a period of strenuous labour for Him and His kingdom. Some believers get things mixed up; they sleep when they should be awake and are awake when they should be resting.

Some can sleep in the most unlikely of places and times. These hardy souls can sleep sitting bolt upright on a hard pew whilst their eardrums are assaulted by the preachers strident voice. They are the ones who invariably say, Good message, Pastor, as they file out after the service. They must measure its goodness by the speed with which the sermon puts them over!

But Paul here speaks of those who sleep in the Lords work. Their eyes are closed, and they have no vision of the great need of a perishing world. Their eyes are blinded to their own sinful and slothful ways. They are unconscious of those who have never heard the gospel of redeeming grace. Their spiritual sleep prevents any action, and so they do little or nothing for Christ. Hence Pauls strident alarm, Awake to righteousness, and sin not; for some have not the knowledge of God: I speak this to your shame. May this day be one of wide-awake service for Christ.

Salvation is a helmet, not a nightcap.
Vance Havner

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