Ephesians 5:14 (NKJV)
Therefore He says: "Awake, you who sleep, Arise from the dead, And Christ will give you light."
We're living in the age of deception and political correctness; an age where people are drawn more to entertainment, smooth words and religion than they are the truth of what God's Word has to say. Many in the church world are asleep, they slumber while the world around them is going to hell and, sadly, they don't seem to care. The church is fighting amongst itself over points of doctrine and theology that have no barring on whether someone goes to Heaven or not, while souls are dying daily who have never heard the Gospel message.
Our job, according to Holy Scripture, says nothing about arguing doctrinal points, it says nothing about cutting the cities into little sections for this church or that church: the Bible is very clear on what our job is and, it isn't what most church's are engaged in.
As Born Again Believers, our two most important jobs are to love everyone, and to preach the Gospel to the entire world. Our job is to live a life that is so blessed, so loving that the world sees us and is made jealous. We are to get the world to conform to the Bible and not the other way around. Our duty to our God and King is to be awake, vigilant, and ever about the Father's business: the business of winning souls to Christ. But rather than find this happening we see church after church painting a target on other churches rather than doing what we're supposed to be doing.
It's time for God's Church to stop all this fighting among ourselves and to fight our real enemy; the enemy that is killing our sons and daughters at an alarming rate. Our job is to awaken from this slumbering sleep and get busy winning souls, witnessing and living a life that is pleasing before our King. We have got to stop playing these religious games and get serious with our personal relationships with God and do the best we can to be good children.
We all know the story of the 10 Virgins in Matthew. When the call came out that the Lord was coming, five of the virgins arose, trimmed their lamps and refilled them so they could follow the Lord into the marriage. There were five others who didn't prepare for the Lord's return and they, we they had to go out at the midnight hour to search for someone who could sell them oil. By the time they went out and came back in, the Lord had come and the door to the marriage was closed. When they tried to get in, they were informed that the Lord didn't know them.
Jesus is coming soon and it is up to us to spread this news with conviction and urgency. It is out job to be prayed up to the point that God's anointing falls us when we're speaking about this and trying to lead people to a personal relationship with Christ. We can't lead people anywhere if we're stumbling around half asleep or weak from lack of spiritual food. We cannot and will not be able to do what we have to do unless we first wake up and get moving. WAKE UP PEOPLE.
It's time to put aside the theological and doctrinal differences that Satan uses to divide us; time to stop pointing religious fingers at others and just love one another. It's time to stop playing church and start having church. We are running out of time and we are nowhere near where we need to be. We have got to get up now, trim our lamps and rally around the Cross of Christ and around the things we all agree on. We need to rally around the truth that there is no way to Heaven but through faith in Christ Jesus. We need to rally around the fact that God loved this world so much He gave His only Son to pay the debt He didn't owe for a people who could never pay that debt. We need to rally around our Savior and wake up.
Religion isn't something capable of saving anyone. Religion is man's attempt to find God and He isn't found in some stiff, formal, powerless church service filled with ceremony and ritual. He isn't found in messages that put people to sleep or in a service that is devoid of the Holy Spirit anointing. We need to set aside the doctrines of men, the ritualistic crap that isn't biblical any way and get back to the basics of preaching the truth in love, but preach the truth. We've got to stop caring if we're politically or socially correct and worry only about being biblically correct. We have to stop worrying about what man thinks and care only about what God thinks.
In Matthew 10, Christ told us not to be concerned with man, who could only kill the body; we're to be concerned with God who can kill both the soul and the body. We have got to wake up and get right with God so we can go out and help others get right. We've got to show His love to a lost and dying world while we have time. We need to be building our faith, building our boldness and building our commitment to helping as many as we can find Christ. One soul a day should be our goal. If we all did everything possible to win one soul a day, every single day, we could win the world in a months time. If we made the effort, we could do it, but it's pretty hard when you're sitting under a shade tree napping.
Here's the bottom line: WAKE UP, JESUS IS COMING SOON! Wake up and do all you can to be as effective as you can in winning the lost to Jesus. PRAY for those who are daily on the front lines witnessing, praying for people, teaching and loving this lost world. WAKE UP and do something for God.