WAKE UP, YOUR KING IS COMING.
I saw this written on a wall once in Sheffield... infact, it said "Wake up, Sheffield, your King is coming." And i don't know why exactly but it impacted me massively, it seemed like there was real life in those words, that they were truly calling out to a city that was asleep, to a city that needed to wake up before it was too late..... it made me feel a greater sense of urgency... it made my own heart want to wake up from it's trivial ways. Recently i heard those same words again. The exact same words.... "Wake up, your King is coming". And i've been thinking again about how unable we are to wake ourselves up ... how you don't make a conscious decision to wake up, but either your body somehow just wakes or someone/something else wakes you.... the voice of someone else calling you to wake up. And it makes me think.... maybe we need to take more seriously our responsibility to wake others up...... what if they never wake, simply because no-one ever woke them?... What if all it took was our voice proclaiming the truth? I know ultimately we can't wake anyone on our own - it is God's Spirit who does it - it is down to Him - I know He is the One who gives life to the dead and calls into existance the things that do not exist - but i know we have a part to play in this too, i know He uses us.... like John the Baptist who was the voice crying out in the wilderness "prepare the way of the Lord"..... i guess i should also seriously consider the question... am i still too sleepy myself?.. We need each other. So please, don't hesitiate to wake me, if i fall into a sleepy state...
"Wake up faith, wake up passion, people dead over fashion,
Fiddling while Rome burns and nations all around are crashing,
Open sores and open wars and on report a righteous cause
The answer lies in our hands as we sit behind closed doors."
- Justin Thomas -