WAKE UP O SLEEPER!

By

Shelby G. Floyd

During the darkest hours of the Second World War, when the future of Great Britain was hanging in the balance, Winston Churchill rallied the people of Great Britain and the world when he said, “Let us go forward together.”

Many centuries earlier when God’s people came out of Egypt to escape their bondage, while they were being pursued from behind by the Egyptian army and with mountains on each side of them, and the Red Sea before them, the Lord admonished Moses to command the children of Israel to go forward: And the LORD said to Moses,

Why do you cry to Me? Tell the children of Israel to go forward (Exodus 14:15 NKJV).

What is it that might keep us from going forward? Many congregations are asleep and not actively pursuing the work of the church. We have the record of one man who was physically asleep when the church came together on the first day of the week to break bread in the city of Troas (Acts 20:9). Many members are spiritually asleep even while taking the Lord’s Supper on the first day of the week. This was true in the worship at Corinth: “That is why many among you are weak and sick, and a number of you have fallen asleep” (1 Corinthians 11:30 NIV).

Let us all wake up and get busy doing the Lord’s work! The Lord’s church is on the threshold of a sustained growth—spiritually and numerically. We must focus on the future—therefore, let us go forward:

“Wake up, O sleeper, rise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you” (Ephesians 5:14 NIV).

Copyright © 2018 Shelby G. Floyd, All Rights Reserved

Shelby G. Floyd
Heartland Church of Christ
1693 West Main Street
Greenwood, Indiana 46142

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