It’s like there is a lullaby playing on a PA system that reaches around the world. Spiritual slumber is settling like a cloud on hordes of Christians. With the availability of so many things that are spiritual poison to those who languish in them, many have done exactly that. Distractions, entertainment, ease, and comfort, help us along in our drowsy state if we revel in them. I am no exception.
There have been times when I have been lukewarm and almost as comfortable around sinners as saints. God in His mercy took me through difficult times and fiery trials to wake me up and revive my heart. As hard as it was, it was all done in love from the Father and I bless Him for it.
We should never disdain the alarm clocks God puts in our lives. Though they are grievous to our slumbering ears when we hear them, they are the greatest sign of mercy and love God can give us. He could watch from heaven as we slumber to the end of times or the end of our lives and let us spend an eternity in hell. But He is always nudging and calling, prying and wooing. Hoping there are some left who are not sleeping beyond the ability to hear Him—even if it is faintly at first.
Hebrews 3:15 As it is said, “Today, if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts as in the rebellion.” —ESV
Another thing we should not disdain is exhortation. This is God speaking through people many times.
Hebrews 3:13 But exhort one another every day, as long as it is called “today,” that none of you may be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin. —ESV
Could it be that the church quit exhorting one another and sin crept in and people were deceived by the sin they practiced? And by this, people fell asleep spiritually and now we have a crisis in society and in the church. The crisis in society is because of the crisis in the church. We are to be a beacon of light that even brings Christian influence to society at large.
Some people interpret that as a necessity to love people in the world unconditionally to the point where sin is an elephant in the room and is never addressed. Therefore, deceit abounds. Where sin abounds, deceit abounds. Where deceit abounds, slumber abounds. And once vast numbers of a generation are caught in the grip of slumber, what is to be done?
I am fairly young. I am in the generation that is mostly asleep throughout the world. It is concerning and startling to look around and see my generation drowning in obliviousness—some places more so than others. What happens when the generation ahead of us is gone and we are the primary influence?
I believe now is a time for boldness and courage more than ever before. It is important to speak the truth without being intimidated. To intercede with desperation. We can still be salt and light, even if our numbers appear to be dwindling.