It’s 6:00 a.m. and my automatic response to the blaring sound of my alarm: SNOOZE. I hate mornings, and anyone who knows me, knows that I love my snooze button. There have been mornings that I snoozed for 1 1/2 hours just to avoid waking up at the crack of dawn.
My snooze fest days are OVER! I’m in the real world, where rolling over in bed and skipping class is no longer an option. I never liked mornings – as a matter of fact, I still don’t – but waking up early is something I have to do. I love my work and if I want to keep my job…well…I have to wake up!
For years, I hit the “snooze button” in my spiritual life as well. I didn’t want to wake up and face reality. I wanted to receive God’s love and blessings, but I did not want to deal with my sinful nature. I wanted to “live for God” while holding on to my dark, sinful past. I appeared as though I knew God, but I knew NOTHING. My desire to love the world and not fully live for Christ was a sign of my lack of understanding of God.
We know that we have come to know him if we keep his commands. Whoever says, “I know him,” but does not do what he commands is a liar, and the truth is not in that person.
1 John 2:3-4
I did not know my Savior. I did not love the very God I claimed to love so dearly. I did not care that His Word called me a LIAR. I lived my life for the world.
How many of you feel the same way? How many of you feel that you have lived your life as a “Christian,” but only when you felt it was convenient for you? Guess what, you’re not alone!
I did not want to face the music.
I did not want to put away my old self and live fully for Christ.
I realized continuing in this lifestyle was only causing me pain. I learned that the hard way. This world left me with temporary happiness. Nothing seemed to make sense anymore. It was through trials that I realized my life was meant for so much more than this world could offer. I realized my Savior was calling me back. While I wandered off as a curious child, venturing into things I had no business dealing with, my Savior watched and waited for my return.
Luke 15 shows us the parables of the Lost Sheep and the Prodigal Son. In both parables, you see an image of the shepherd/father rejoicing upon the return of their lost one. Our Father is longing to rejoice with us! He’s calling us to wake up and live for Him!
Friends, He is calling us to come back. He is waiting and longing to have a relationship with us. Don’t hit that snooze button anymore. Live for Him! Don’t let the sins of the past weigh you down. Let us take a stand and live for Him!
The song of the week, “Awake My Soul” reminds us that we are nothing without Him and that He is the only one who can satisfy our soul. He loves us more than we will ever know. Come Awake!
…Whoever is thirsty, let him come..
Our Creator is calling us to come! NOTHING can keep us from our God. Let go of the things of the world and go to Him. Let us, “declare the praises of Him who called [us] out of darkness into His wonderful light.” (2 Peter 2:9)