It’s Time to Wake Up

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This is what you’ve been waiting for.

Spiritual winter has been hard; yet, you’re beginning to see how God used the time to grow you in a new and different way. Life seemed dark and lonely, but not you’ve caught a glimmer of hope – the faint light of early spring.

But there’s a problem.

In winter, you went into a form of hibernation – almost as a survival mode. Perhaps you’ve grown spiritually lethargic, and just can’t seem to muster the strength to pull back the curtain and let more of the light shine through. You’re fearful of getting out of bed because you don’t believe spring is finally here.

I know because I’ve been there.

Coming from winter into spring is not as easy as it would seem. Spring is a time of renewal, and the experience is very similar to our first response to the gospel. Consider Paul’s words in Ephesians 5:

For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light (for the fruit of the light consists in all goodness,righteousness and truth) 10 and find out what pleases the Lord. 11 Have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather expose them.12 It is shameful even to mention what the disobedient do in secret. 13 But everything exposed by the light becomes visible—and everything that is illuminated becomes a light. 14 This is why it is said:

“Wake up, sleeper,
rise from the dead,
and Christ will shine on you.”

You’ve been in darkness, but now it’s time to live in the light. In your spiritual winter, God has not abandoned you. In your spiritual spring, God is there to renew your heart, soul, mind and strength to grow deeper in love with Him and in your love for others.

It’s time to wake up.

This is what you’ve been waiting for all winter long. You probably thought the day would never come, but it’s here.

Wake up, sleeper.

It’s time to pull back the curtains and live with new hope, new strength and new purpose. Don’t waste another moment under the covers.

15 Be very careful, then, how you live —not as unwise but as wise, 16 making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil.17 Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is. 18 Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit, 19 speaking to one another with psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit. Sing and make music from your heart to the Lord,20 always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. (NIV)

Treat each day as an opportunity.

Perhaps you’ve been meaning to get started with a regular time of prayer with your spouse or your children. The time has come to stop thinking about it and start doing it. Don’t worry about it being polished and perfect. Spring is a time for breaking up the hard ground and preparing it for seeds of new life. It may be difficult, but the work of spring will bring healing do the atrophy of your soul.

Drive through your town or city and ask God to open your eyes to see what He sees. Pray for a fresh perspective of the place where you live, and pray for a passion to meet the needs He reveals to you. It is time to move from good intentions to living intentionally.

Don’t let anything distract you.

If you’re life feels too busy to follow God’s leading, then you’re too busy. Prune the calendar. Develop the discipline of saying “no.” Don’t take on huge tasks, but start being obedient with the small ones. You’re faithfulness with the little things in early spring will be what God uses to produce an abundant crop of fruit to bring health and healing to others.

Be filled.

Take a new approach to your time in God’s Word. Allow it to penetrate deep within. The Holy Spirit will work within you to develop wisdom and discernment. Don’t just read it; obey it. Allow the Spirit to remind you of who you are and whose you are.

If you’ve isolated yourself in winter, get back into the family life with other believers. Share your story with them, and let them share their story with you. Don’t just do life in community, but truly be in community.

And most importantly, be thankful.

Give praise to God in your prayers. Give praise before your brothers and sisters. Give praise before your family and friends. With every new day and every new breath you have reason upon reasons to give more and more praise. Thank God!

Spring has come.

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