Are You Sleeping?
Acts 28:26-27 " Go to this people and say, "You will keep on hearing, but will not understand; You will keep on seeing but will not perceive; 27 For the heart of this people has become dull, and with their ears they scarcely hear, and they have closed their eyes; Otherwise they might see with their eyes and hear with their ears and understand with their heart and return, and I will heal them."
Paul was speaking to the nation of Israel while they were attempting to persecute him. Paul identified that the people were not open to the truth that would set them free from their bondage of the sin they were imprisoned by. Paul was trying to "wake them up" to see, hear, and believe that the messiah they seek is alive. The people of Israel were transformed by the world as opposed to transforming it, much like many in the body of Christ, the Christian church in America is today (Romans 12:2).
We see Paul's desire to "do" what Christ commissioned him to do. Paul was available, bold, courageous, and competent in his knowledge and understanding of scripture. He faced the music, willing to stand for Biblical justice unafraid of being "politically correct". Why? He knew Christ. He could see the severed relationship the people had with the God they thought they knew.
Are you sleeping, in a slumber with your relationship with Christ? Are you aware of the need for change but unwilling to confront it? Do you desire to see those who know Christ by name only to develop a genuine relationship with Him?
The wonderful news...there is hope. As the latter part of the scripture above states...I will heal them. God (Father, Son, Holy Spirit) wants us all to be a "awakened" by the truth of the reality of Christ. Take the opportunity to get to know God more intimately. Believe me, your eyes will be opened, your ears will hear, and your heart will be filled with a joy that will sustain you through any circumstance.
Respond to the call....