Are you spiritually asleep?
Do you think you are spiritually asleep? To ask yourself this question is a good indication that you care and want to be spiritually awake.
As a mother of little ones, it always amazes me how innocent minds and developing faith collide. Just the other day my five-year-old asked me what it will be like when Jesus comes back.
He asked if we will float up to heaven like we are flying or will we blink and be in heaven when we open our eyes. I love how he desires to know this experience in a real, tangible way. He didn’t need convincing from his mom that this will actually take place in someone’s generation.
I told him maybe once before that the Bible said Jesus is coming back, therefore, he believes. No doubts. No second-guessing. No overcomplicating.
The faith of a child is beautiful, alive, and rarely spiritually asleep.
Perhaps this is why Jesus told John the Apostle to write a letter to the Church of Sardis in Revelations 3. He said,
“Remember, then, what you have received and heard; keep it, and repent” (Revelations 3:3).
Jesus wanted this church to go back to what they had heard and believed at first, to go back to the basics of the faith. It is important to grow in our knowledge of the Lord, to deepen our understanding through careful study.
But no matter how much we learn, we must never abandon the basic truths. Biblical truth is the same yesterday, today, and forever but we never grow beyond the basics.
This church may have had the reputation of vitality but they were dead inside. Jesus told them,
“Be alert and strengthen what remains, which is about to die, for I have not found your works complete before my God” (Revelation 3:2).
How can you tell if you are spiritually asleep?
What do you imagine lulled the church to sleep? Wealth, comfort, self-satisfaction? Do you need someone to wake you up spiritually as well?
We, too, are at risk of dying spiritually if we do not actively grow in our faith. We may be tempted to doubt His realness and turn on autopilot instead of asking the hard questions and staying spiritually awake and morally prepared.
Jesus even warns of their destruction if they do not wake up,
“If you are not alert, I will come like a thief” (Revelation 3:3b).
Jesus will return unexpectedly and slumbering believers will have to face the judgment seat of Christ, whether good or bad (1 Corinthians 5:10).
Ask yourself this tough question: Are you spiritually asleep or spiritually awake?
Journal about this today.