Wake Up Call

A life insurance salesman was speaking to a customer about a policy. When he completed his presentation, he said, “I think this matter is of utmost importance, but I don’t want to be pushy about it. So why don’t you go home and sleep on it tonight. And ifyou get up in the morning, give me a call!”

There is certainly an urgency about some things in life and one of those things is our spiritual lives. Yet, for many of us, if we are not careful, there may be a tendency toward complacency. If that’s true for you—then you can take some comfort in knowing it’s not new. Throughout scripture we find the prophets of old warning God’s people about the problem of complacency. The 8th century B.C. prophet Amos warned the people of Israel: “Woe to you who are complacent in Zion…” (Amos 6:1).  The apostle Paul in the New Testament addressed this issue when he strongly urged the Ephesian believers: “Wake up, O sleeper, rise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you” (Ephesians 5:14). He concluded this section with this admonition: “Be careful, then how you live…” (v. 17).

We are now one year into this pandemic. Throughout this year our normal patterns of life, including our spiritual lives, were altered dramatically by the severity and enormity of this crisis. We changed the way we did business, church, social interaction and even family involvements. We had to figure out how to buy groceries from the store or fill-up our car with gas. We struggled to do medical appointments and take care of other personal necessities. Yet we have learned a lot in a year and adapted even more. In recent months treatments, vaccines and scientific knowledge have changed the landscape of this crisis. There is no doubt about it and you will soon see abundant evidence of it. I believe this to be true and I am grateful for it. Though it is obvious that we are making serious progress and people are beginning to safely return to more activities of life, still it occurs to me that it doesn’t necessarily mean that people will fall back into the same old patterns as before. Some things may have changed for better or worse…

Frankly, I have some concern that some may have inadvertently fallen into spiritual complacency over the last year. That’s not too hard to imagine. I think it may be easier to become spiritually complacent when we are physically absent. So I humbly suggest that we may all need to have a spiritual check-up with our Lord in the solitude of our Quiet Time. Do it today! Ask yourself: How am I doing with the spiritual disciplines of the Christian life: worship, study, prayer, ministry, spiritual fellowship, stewardship and missions? Am I passionate in my devotion for my Lord right now in my life?

Truly, we may need to ask our Lord to stir our hearts and wake us up to serve Him and love Him. Let’s all recognize the urgency of dealing with complacency. Let’s ask Jesus to set our hearts on fire for Him! Let’s prepare to come out of this pandemic crisis with fire and fervor for our Lord and His mission like never before. Stir our Hearts O’ Lord!

Devotedly yours,

Pastor Ron

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