Wake Up & SHINE!
This past Sunday Mark did a fabulous job talking about being Light! If you get a chance you need yo listen to the whole message. I’d like to take a minute and highlight on a segment of the message. It comes from this passage in Ephesians:
8For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light 9(for the fruit of the light consists in all goodness, righteousness and truth) 10and find out what pleases the Lord. 11Have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather expose them. 12For it is shameful even to mention what the disobedient do in secret. 13But everything exposed by the light becomes visible, 14for it is light that makes everything visible. This is why it is said:
“Wake up, O sleeper, rise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you.” – Ephesians 5:8-14
Basically the above says that we all were darkness, but now we are Light in the Lord. This Light that is being talked about exposes sin through being Light and brings visibility to those who are looking for a way out of darkness. Then the final call is to “Wake Up, O Sleeper, rise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you.” If we are going to be light we must “awake” so that Christ can shine on us!
So this leads us to the place of being intentional about awakening our spirituality. Mark referenced this to waking someone up from a deep sleep! They could be awaken either by a very alarming sound or by a gentle touch. It could be a gentle word or a strong challenge in life that are the ways that awaken us. In this passage the quote, “Wake Up, O Sleeper, rise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you.” was probably referring to a common song that was sung in Paul’s day. This is one reason why we sing songs today – it helps awaken us! Daily we awaken ourselves by scripture reading, prayer, singing songs that honor God, journaling, sharing our faith, or anything that forces us to live out our faith.
The final thought is, are you positioning yourself to wake up or have you been in a deep sleep not willing to be wake up your spirit to the Light of Christ? Whatever your answer, I hope you take the right steps in your life to allow Christ to Shine on you!