Scripture: Revelation 3: 1-6
Today’s Blog Topic: Do You Need a Wake-up Call?
How many of you have ever overslept and missed an important date or appointment? Whenever I have some place I need to be at that is important to me, I schedule a wake-up call through Google. It sets my alarm so that I can get up in time and not have to rush to get to my destination or my appointment. People who tend to travel a lot use the hotel’s wake-up call to help them get out of bed and get moving in the morning. Business people usually have very early appointments and being late is not an option.
Sometimes, our body desires to give us a wake-up call. It is extremely important for us to be in touch with our own bodies. We should know when our physical, emotional, psychological and spiritual body begins talking to us about how it is feeling. The body alerts us about putting more water in it, it signals when our iron is down, it tells us when it requires more sleep, it warns us when we are coming down with viruses or other kinds of diseases. We need to pay attention to the symptoms and do preventative care to head off major illness or sickness in our mind or body.
Additionally, your boss or supervisor, periodically gives you a wake-up call or signals that one is coming sooner rather than later. We need to pay attention to those signals. If you are constantly late, not producing like you did last month, last year etc, you need to know that things could become very uncomfortable at work if you don't shape up and smell the coffee so to speak. Stay alert, work on your health and nutrition, do some self-care as it relates to your soul or emotions. You may be hiding some conscious or unconscious; offenses, un-forgiveness, low self-esteem, feelings of rejection, problems at home with a family member or in your marriage. Issues that you do not confront, can affect work performance and relationships with your co-workers.
Merriam Webster defines a -wake- up call in the following manner:
- Something (such as a telephone call from a hotel employee to a guest) that serves to wake a sleeper
- Something that serves to alert a person to a problem, danger, or need.
- A telephone call made according to a prior arrangement to wake the person called.
- A person or thing that causes people to become fully alert to an unsatisfactory situation and to take action to remedy it.
The Book of Revelations contains a spiritual wake-up call. Look at the message that came to the Apostle John in his letters to the seven churches in Asia Minor. This particular message was to the Church in Sardis. It is stated in Revelation 3:1-6New Living Translation.
“Write this letter to the angel[a] of the church in Sardis. This is the message from the one who has the sevenfold Spirit[b] of God and the seven stars:
“I know all the things you do, and that you have a reputation for being alive—but you are dead. 2 Wake up! Strengthen what little remains, for even what is left is almost dead. I find that your actions do not meet the requirements of my God. 3 Go back to what you heard and believed at first; hold to it firmly. Repent and turn to me again. If you don’t wake up; I will come to you suddenly, as unexpected as a thief.
These warnings to the church are not to make us fearful, but they are given to wake up a church that has become lethargic in their thinking, behaviors and reputation. Many churches today feel that they have it going on because their attendance is at an all-time high, the pastor is anointed, appointed, and can preach the lights down from off the ceiling, or the praise and worship team is tight, popping, and off the hook. But just because a church has the outer package and image that it is alive and well, does not mean that God is pleased. The things that please us, are not necessarily the things that please God. When a congregant says, “Chile, We Had Church Today,” doesn’t necessarily mean that God was pleased with what went on during the worship service!
God is not merely interested in the outer physical trappings of what church looks like, He is more interested in the internal, what is going on inside of the hearts of the people.
We can be on fire one minute and the next minute worn out because of all the programs and activities that go on in the church daily, weekly, monthly and yearly. But there is a danger of fatigue setting in. If that occurs, lethargy, neglect, and negative attitudes creep into the church. These attitudes slowly diminish our times of intimacy with God and then it affects our relationships with our brothers and sisters in Christ.
But the Lord tells us to “remember….what you have received and heard; hold it fast, and repent” (v 3). The Lord has given that message six other times to the other churches in Asia. We do not want to have the indictment that we left our deeds unfinished because going to church wore us out! We want to work to accomplish everything that God has begun in our lives. “He, who has begun a good work in you, shall be faithful to complete it.” (Philippians 1:6).