It's time to wake up - December 1, 2010

Devotion - It's Time to Wake Up - Dec. 1, 2010

Daily devotion from Romans 13:11.

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"The hour has come for you to wake up from your slumber" (Romans 13:11). Morrie Schwartz was a relatively unknown college professor for most of his life. Then he contracted ALS, better known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease. He agreed to do an interview on television to talk candidly about his condition and about his impending death. That television appearance caught the attention of a former student of Morrie’s, a sportswriter from Detroit by the name of Mitch Albom. Albom looked up his old professor and rekindled their friendship. He began stopping by to see Morrie every Tuesday. Later on, Mitch Albom turned their visits into a book, Tuesdays with Morrie. It became a national bestseller.

The attraction of Albom's book lies in Morrie's many observations on life. One of those observations is this: "So many people walk around with a meaningless life. They seem half-asleep, even when they're busy doing things they think are important. This is because they're chasing the wrong things."

Living, yet having a meaningless life. Chasing after things that seem important, but are wrong. Busy while half-asleep. Is this you? Is this your life? Is this what you've become?

Before you answer those questions, just remember: in this fallen world you and I stand surrounded by all kinds of things that are trying to put us to sleep. In all honesty you and I must confess that there have been times when we've fallen asleep and drifted away from what truly matters. Perhaps one of those times is right now.

If so, then the Lord has something to say to you from Romans chapter 13. He says, "The hour has come for you to wake up from your slumber." It's time to repent. It's time to recognize the horror of sleepwalking through life, the horror of ignoring the only Savior we've got. It's time to look to Jesus. It's time to be washed in his forgiveness purchased at Calvary's cross. It's time to be refreshed in his Spirit. It's time to wake up. It's time to live again.


Dearest Jesus, forgive me for the times I have fallen asleep and drifted away. Refresh me. Revive me. Empower me to live my life in you. Amen.

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