It’s Time to Wake Up!
My hope is that the Lord would stir our hearts up with a sense of the urgency of God’s call for us. Father, we know that time is short – that we’re living in the last days, and that Jesus is returning for the church one day soon for His reward. He’s coming back for those that He shed His blood to redeem from sin and Satan. Help us to contemplate these truths and be gripped with the same sense of urgency that you have for the lost being found, for those who are dead being made alive again. Lord, give us your heart for people, in Jesus’ name, amen.
This past Sunday morning, as we were getting ready to kick off this series on evangelism at our church, the Lord woke me up at 5:00 am with this Scripture on my heart:
“And where your light shines, it will expose their evil deeds. This is why it is said, “Awake, O sleeper, rise up from the dead, and Christ will give you light.” So be careful how you live, not as fools but as those who are wise. Make the most of every opportunity for doing good in these evil days.” (Eph. 5:14-16, NLT).
The sense that I got from the Spirit of the Lord is that for the most part, the church today is sleeping. The church is sleeping while the lost, hurting and broken people in the world are going to hell. We’re sleeping, and we’ve become lazy, neglecting our God-given responsibility to reach the world with the love of God.
We’ve become so distracted by even good things within the church. This is not to say that the things we do as a church are wrong or bad – that we shouldn’t be having Bible studies, ladies meetings or men’s breakfasts – those are good things. But what is the most important thing the Lord has called us to do? Reach lost people with the love of God.
God is calling us to wake up and seize the day! This is not a strong word of rebuke, but it is a message of love. God loved the world so much that He sent His son Jesus to die for the world, but every day hundreds – if not thousands – of people perish because they haven’t heard the good news about Jesus.
Pastor and author John Piper said, “One of the great uses of Twitter and Facebook will be to prove at the Last Day that prayerlessness was not from lack of time.” I like Facebook and Twitter just as much as the next guy, but the thing is: how much time do we spend on social networking, compared to how much time we spend telling people who don’t know Jesus about the Gospel? Maybe your distraction isn’t the internet, but maybe it is golf or sports or music or entertainment of some other sort. These are not bad things, but compare the time we spend doing those things with how much time we invest in the Kingdom of God. Is it balanced?
Don’t misunderstand what I’m saying here. The Bible tells us that Jesus came into the world so that we might experience abundant life to the full (John 10:10). He wants us to enjoy life. He richly gives us all things to enjoy. But in saying that, let’s make sure we don’t neglect building the Kingdom of God. Amen?
Pastor Chris Jordan