“Awake, O sleeper,
and arise from the dead,
and Christ will shine on you.”
My Mission: Wake up a sleeping church.
We are asleep to our identity, to our mission, to the fact that Christ is coming back. We're asleep to the Gospel, the Spirit, the power of the Word. We're asleep to the power inside us, to gifts and calling. We're asleep.
We wake up and go about our day like everyone else. We are anxious about the same things, dream of the same things, struggle with the same things.
But we are called to be set apart. A royal priesthood, a holy nation (1 Peter 2:9). And we are called to be ready because we are the Bride of Christ.
My mission is clear. This is a call to the Sleeper. Wake up. Arise.
My mission is also to call upon the dead. To share the Gospel and make Him known.
I was asleep.
I know what it is like to be asleep. To be caught up in the cares of this world and the deceitfulness of money, career, and the worries of what we call "life". It choked me (Mark 4:19). I do not write because I have it all figured out. I write because I have woken up and want to wake others up too. It's time to stop being Martha, distracted and worried by many things (Luke 10:41). It's time to be Mary, sitting at the feet of Jesus being consumed by the One Thing that matters.
What does Awake mean?
- Revelation. Awake to the Word. When the verse says: "And the light of Christ will shine on you" it talks about the light of his Word. God's word is light. When God's word enters the room, it lights up.
The entrance of thy words giveth light; it giveth understanding unto the simple. Psalm 119:130
We need the entrance of God's Word. We need to wake up to it and see Jesus in it. Paul prayed in Ephesians 1:18 for the eyes of our understanding to be opened. We need our eyes to see the truth about who we are, the hope of our calling, the riches of our inheritance. God's word is is a "lamp unto our feet and a light unto our path" (Psalm 119:105) it will lead the way. We cannot shine without it. James 1:5 says if any of us lacks wisdom, we ask. Revelation comes from God, but we need to have the posture of receiving.
This is the key thing I've been called to do. Receive from the Lord and share it with you. That's all that teaching is, to flow with the Holy Spirit in opening the eyes of your understanding.
- Righteousness. Awake to Righteousness. Righteousness is central to the power of the gospel but the sleeping church neither knows it nor understand it.
For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek. Romans 1:16
We are content living lives without the power that brings salvation. It's found in the word of righteousness. Most of the church does not understand that they are righteous. That they are made righteous by the act of one man (Romans 5, 2 Corinthians 5). We are the very righteousness of God in Christ. It is our identity and we need to walk in the fullness of it.
Awake to righteousness, and sin not; for some have not the knowledge of God: I speak this to your shame. 1 Corinthians 15:34
We need to wake up to the fact that we are righteous. We need to teach it properly. We need to know it. It is a shame for Christ to die and be our sin, when we don't even know we have become his righteousness (2 Corinthians 5:21). It is a shame for him to take our place and for us not to take his. Let's not make the Cross of Christ something "of no effect" (Galatians 5:4). Pastors and teachers, stop teaching born-again believers that they are sinners trying to be righteous. They are now new creatures created in righteousness and true holiness (Ephesians 4:24). They need to know who they are to walk in their destiny. Let's awake to righteousness together and ask the Holy Spirit to make us skillful in the word of righteousness.
For every one that useth milk is unskilful in the word of righteousness: for he is a babe. Hebrews 5:13
- Readiness. Awake to Action.
Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the LORD has risen upon you. Isaiah 60:1
Having the word and a revelation of our identity has a purpose. We're supposed to shine. Radiant like a bride on her wedding day because that's what this story is about. It's about Christ returning to a radiant church, spotless and without blemish (Ephesians 5:27).
Jesus explained it with a parable. In the story of the 10 virgins (Matthew 25:1-13) there was a wedding feast. The bridegroom was coming but was delayed. Ten virgins were to meet him as he arrived but only 5 put oil in their lamps. Then they went to sleep. This is exactly where we are today. Asleep and waiting. But some of us are ready and others are not. We're called to shine, but we can't if we haven't experienced this light on us. We can't shine if our lamps our empty. We can't shine if we are asleep. We need to wake up and get ready, fill our lamps with the oil of intimacy with the Lord, his Word and his Spirit, because deep darkness is covering the earth.
For, behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the people: but the LORD shall arise upon thee, and his glory shall be seen upon thee. Isaiah 60:2
Jesus is the Light of the World (John 8:12). Then he said we were the light of the world too.
“You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven. Matthew 5:14-16
It is my prayer that this ministry wakes you up to the light of God's word, to the reality of who you are in Christ, and moves your feet to readiness– to do what the Lord has called you to do as a light in this dark place. Your light has come. The glory of the Lord has risen upon you.