And do this, understanding the present time: The hour has already come for you to wake up from your slumber, because our salvation is nearer now than when we first believed. – Romans 13:11
This is a wakeup call addressed to God’s children, to His Church. It is meant for the followers of the Lord Jesus Christ who understand the time, for it reads ‘understanding the present time.’
The apostle Paul makes a call to those who are alive in Christ to wake up. Many Christians have fallen asleep because everything is going well. They are forgiven, they know that they are going to heaven and that their names are written in the book of life. When all is well, there is a big risk to fall asleep. This is the general condition of the Church.
Be awake and vigilant
The call is serious, but I want to gently wake you up today. I am not saying: ‘Wake up, otherwise you will be lost.’ No, you are not in danger of being lost. I want to say what the apostle Paul says: ‘our salvation is nearer now than when we first believed.’
This wakeup call is for you to know what is right and wrong. Are you spiritually awake and vigilant? There are many Christians who go to church, who read the Bible and pray, and yet they are spiritually asleep. Our country has ended up in Laodicea, just like it is written in the Bible. Jesus says to that church: ‘I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were either one or the other! So, because you are lukewarm—neither hot nor cold—I am about to spit you out of My mouth’ (Revelation 3:15-16).
Are your spiritual senses still sensitive to what is right and is wrong today? Do you still see it? Do you still hear it? How can the Holy Spirit work through you when you are spiritually asleep? God really wants to bring revival. It is now the time for God’s children to wake up and to give the Holy Spirit the opportunity to work through them.