Christian Living

Are You Awake?

Have you ever had an experience sleepwalking? To my knowledge, I’ve only sleepwalked once in my life. However, according to a Fox News report, 3.6% of the American population sleepwalks regularly. That’s over 8 million people!

In fact, people can do all kinds of things in their sleep. I know someone who even sleep-eats. On occasion he sleepwalks into the kitchen, prepares food, and eats, all while being unconscious!

While sleepwalking, sleep-eating, and even (frighteningly) sleep-driving have all been reported, some people are sleep-living. That’s right, their whole life is spent in slumber. Not physically of course, but spiritually (which is even more dangerous).

Paul explains in First Thessalonians 5 that Jesus’ return will come like a thief in the night—it will come without warning—so Christians must always be ready. We are to live our lives spiritually awake and alert, always looking for the return of our Lord, unwilling to be caught spiritually off-guard (1 Thess 5:1-10). We are to remain sober-minded even when the world is not.

The apostle contrasts Christians (who are spiritually awake) with those who are in the world (and therefore spiritually asleep). Those who are in the world are living in darkness. They are unaware of Jesus’ coming and are unprepared to meet their maker. But, Christians are “all children of light, children of the day. We are not of the night or of the darkness. So then let us not sleep, as others do, but let us keep awake and be sober” (1 Thess 5:5-6 ESV).

Are you spiritually awake? Are you prepared for the coming of Christ, remaining sober-minded and self- controlled while walking in the light? Let’s help each other to be spiritually awake. They say you shouldn’t wake someone who is physically sleepwalking. But if you see someone spiritually sleep-living, give them a nudge! They’ll be glad you did.

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