January 9, 2018 – Awake, O Sleeper – Pr. Noleen Mendes
Peter and his companions were very sleepy, but when they became fully awake, they saw his glory and the two men standing with him. – Luke 9:32
There is no better way to see the glory of God than to be fully awake! To be fully awake is to be fully alert and observant as to what is going on around you; to take in what has been given to you. There were 12 disciples but it was Peter, James, and John who were invited by Jesus to come with him to the mountain to pray. They were at an advantage as they were in a place of privilege. My guess is that it was during their prayer time that they were starting to fall off to sleep (which, unfortunately, has happened to me on more than one occasion). However, when their eyes were wide open, they were able to witness something truly magnificent.
How many times have we been in a conversation with people where we were watching their lips move but not hear a single thing? Or more so, in church, during the Pastor’s message, where our minds are already thinking about the day’s to-do list or what’s coming up in the week that we miss out on some key points…points where God may have wanted to reveal something magnificent to us? I know this because I’ve been guilty of it. I’ve come to realize that unfortunately, it is possible for me to be fully present in body but not fully awake.
Ephesians 5:14 says “Awake, O sleeper, and arise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you.” Although this passage speaks to those who are spiritually dead, I do know that sometimes I can be spiritually asleep, even while involved in ministry work and wifely duties and grandkids duties and house duties and on and on and on. My greatest challenge is when I’m in my Type-A personality, task oriented mode that I fail to keep my senses open to the Holy Spirit. It’s a balancing act for sure, as I try to be efficient to be effective while still tryng to discipline myself to live in His presence. I don’t wanna be a sleepwalking Christ-follower but I know that there are times which I am. If I want the light of Christ to shine upon me and if I want to experience more of God’s glory than I am right now, I’ve gotta be conscious of the present moment. If I’m not, I could miss out on so much more that God wants to reveal to me.
Holy Spirit, please help me to be disciplined in living in God’s presence while I’m doing life. Let me be fully awake and not fall into a pattern of moving mindlessly, as I have in the past, and miss out on the quality moments of my relationship with Christ. In Jesus Name I pray…Amen!