Rise and Shine!

I had just spent an intense week with several teenagers on the campus of a Christian college. We had gathered, along with hundreds of other teens and adult sponsors, for inspiring worship, dynamic speakers and challenging workshops. It was truly a mountaintop experience, and many had enjoyed some type of renewal or revival.

I saw one of the teenage boys around town the day after we came back home. We talked about what a great experience we had just had together. It happened to be a Saturday, and when we prepared to go our separate ways, I said, “I’ll see you in church tomorrow”.

I’ll never forget his response—“If I wake up in time!”

There are too many people spiritually sleep-walking through life. They have every chance in the world to respond to God’s creation and His goodness and mercy revealed in the Scripture and in the life of His Son Jesus. However, they fail to wake up and make the proper response of a lifetime of service and devotion to the One who would rather send His Son to a cruel death than to live in heaven without us.

The Bible warns against spiritual sleep-walking—“…The hour has come for you to wake up from your slumber, because our salvation is nearer now than when we first believed.” (Romans 13:11).

I have kept track of the young man I mentioned above. He appears to be showing signs of awakening.

May we all be found awake, alert and living for Jesus!

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