Coffee for the Soul

Had a rough weekend? Are you still groggy? Do you need a nap and it’s only 10 a.m.? You are in good company and in the right place. We need to come awake physically and spiritually. We have a life to live and purpose to chase this week. It starts today and you cannot do it asleep.

Ephesians 5:14-16 says, “For this reason it says, ‘Awake, sleeper, arise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you,’ Therefore be careful how you walk, not as unwise men but as wise, making the MOST of your time, because the days are evil.”

Paul reminds us to wake up. That is easier said than done sometimes. We have 2 small children in our home and they don’t like to sleep at night. We need a gallon of coffee and a punch to the throat to get us going most mornings. The problem with remaining asleep is that we miss out on the life we have to live. So we must wake up and come alive.

The second line of the verse seems like a Christian cliché or at least a bumper sticker, “Christ will shine on you.” But when you think about it, nothing breaks your sleep like the lights coming on. I have been in a dead sleep with my eyes closed when someone flips on the lights in the middle of the night. Boom, I’m awake! I am also very angry, but awake!! Christ shines on us to wake us from our slumber and to come alive. Without Him, we stay asleep with our lives unfulfilled.

My dad used to wake me up at 6 a.m. knowing full well that I had stayed out until 4 a.m.. Why did he get me up so early? Was there something important to do, maybe the house was on fire? No, he was up and thought I should be too. Christ doesn’t call us awake just because you sleep. He calls you awake to walk with Him. He has our steps lined up for the days and weeks ahead and we would be wise to get moving in that direction.

I almost left out that last line but it was just too good. I highlighted the word “most” to draw attention to it. It is pretty easy to coast in this life. If we aren’t intentional or walking with a purpose, we are just drifting in the river called life. We will reach a destination that we didn’t plan because we never made the choice to pursue our purpose. To make the most of your days, you must be awake, alert, and walking in step with Jesus. The days are evil, but you can go a different way. You don’t have to be adrift like everyone else. “Come awake, O sleeper.”

Last night as I was running on the elliptical, a song came up on my playlist. It hit me right in the heart and I raised my hand to worship in the middle of my workout. It shares the same message that Paul shared with us. I hope it encourages your heart like it did mine. You can check it out here.

Grace and Peace to you as you come awake to the steps and purpose of making your life count for Christ.

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