Being “woke” is the latest virtue signaling wave at the moment. But racism is just a symptom of corruption. Injustice is just a symptom of corruption. Abuse of power is just a symptom of a much larger problem that no external change of circumstances will ever effect in a lasting way.
The problem is the heart. And the heart needs to be awakened to its need.
Christ told us to be vigilant. He told the disciples to stay awake and pray that they might not enter into temptation. He told us to stay awake. Look it up (Matthew 24:42-43; Mark 13:34-38; Luke 21:36; Revelation 16:15). And Paul says that staying “awake” is critical to living out the Christian life.
Do this, knowing the time, that it is already the hour for you to awaken from sleep;
for now salvation is nearer to us than when we believed.
So it was not surprising to find a message by Robert Murray McCheyne in Warren Wiersbe’s Classic Sermons on Revival and Spiritual Renewal, taking up the subject of wakefulness. It is an important issue for Christians and I hope that the quote below will help all of us pay serious attention to our spiritual lives. God’s best to you.
High Time to Awake Out of Sleep
Robert Murray McCheyne
“In these words, Paul tells believer that it is waking times; and I would just tell you, dear friends, the same [thing]. It is high time for you to awake out of sleep. There is a condition among Christians which may be called sleeping; like the ten virgins, they slumber and sleep. Ah! I fear there are many sleeping Christians among you. It is waking time, believer. Do you know what time it is? You do not seem to know how near sunrise it is.
It is waking time, believer!
I will now show you what it is to be sleeping Christians. It is to be one that has come to Christ, yet has fallen asleep in sin. Like the church at Ephesus, they have left their first love: They do not retain that realization of Christ’s preciousness—that freshness of believing. They have forgotten the fresh grasp of a Savior. So it is with some among yourselves. You may have seen your sins; yet you have lost that fresh conviction of sin you once felt so deeply. You do not see such a beauty in Jesus. . . . Believer, if you sleep on, you will soon doubt if ever you have come to Christ at all.”
Be warned brothers and sisters.
And take action. Examine whether you are awake.