BE EMPOWERED DAILY DEVOTIONAL by Ps Eric Boahen, PhD
*Thursday, 1st October 2020*
THEME: STAY AWAKE AND BE SERIOUS
READ: MATTHEW 24:37-51
THEME VERSE (S): *And do this, knowing that this is a critical time. It is already the hour for you to awaken from your sleep [of spiritual complacency]; for our salvation is nearer to us now than when we first believed [in Christ] (Romans 13:11)*
As Christians, we are exhorted and warned against spiritual complacency. This is “a wake-up call” to all who love His appearing. We should not sleep while on duty. We should not be caught sleeping. We should be on our duty guard. To sleep means, you are insensitive to what is going on around you. When a man is asleep, he does not know what is going on around him. "Therefore let us not sleep, as do others; but let us watch and be sober" (1Thessalonians 5:6).
When a Christian sleeps, prayer and fasting become unimportant. Church attendance becomes an option and Bible reading is boring. The thought of the second coming of Christ and sinners perishing in hell no longer moves the sleeping Christian. When we sleep, we don’t see the realization of our dreams and the reality of the world around us. When we sleep we become poor physically and spiritually.
A sleeping Christian fails to raise his eyes to see the harvest field. Souls are perishing and many are going to hell but the sleeping Christian cannot see. Jesus said to lift up your eyes and look upon the field that is ready for harvest (John 4:35). Awake from your sleep, oh sluggard. Awake from your sleep, oh foolish virgin. Awake, you who sleep, Arise from the dead, And Christ will give you light”(Ephesians 5:14).
We are to walk circumspectly and redeem the time because the days are evil. We are to strive to enter the door of salvation, deliverance and redemption as Noah and his family. Noah’s ark was a type of Christ. It was a door and a way to salvation. All those who entered the ark were saved. Similarly, Christ is the door and the way to our salvation. Awake from your sleep for Christ's second coming is nearer than you think. Stay Awake and be serious with your Christian life because the Lord is coming.
Pray, fast and avoid spiritual complacency for the days are evil. May the Lord help you not to sleep, as do others; but to remain watchful and sober in Jesus Name
*Praise God* *Be Empowered*