Awake to righteousness, and sin not; for some have not the knowledge of God: I speak this to your shame. – 1 Corinthians 15:34
Meditation: Sleep is good, and rest is precious. Either unrestrained are like holes in a water bucket leeching away our zeal and momentum. If we are ruled by sleepy virtue, this slothful spirit will threaten to undermine all our efforts of service and good works.
Sometimes when we rest in the grace of God, we relax too much. We willfully forget the rest of the Gospel message with its call to repentance, good works and the glorification of God. Of we wallow in mercy, ignoring the commands of Christ, we miss a major part of the purpose of Christ’s life and faith. Mercy lifts us up. Let us not ignore our Savior.
“For this cause we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to desire that ye might be filled with the knowledge of his will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding; That ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God; Strengthened with all might, according to his glorious power, unto all patience and longsuffering with joyfulness; Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light: Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son: In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins” (Colossians 1:9-14).
Call To Action: “How long wilt thou sleep, O sluggard? when wilt thou arise out of thy sleep? Yet a little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to sleep: So shall thy poverty come as one that travelleth, and thy want as an armed man” (Proverbs 6:9-11). Need I say more.