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Director’s Pen

Shameful Sleep

Sleep and inactivity are necessary for the body and mind, but sleeping spiritually or being spiritually inactive is unrighteous, sinful, and shameful. The apostle Paul, speaking for God, tells us to “Awake to righteousness, and sin not; for some have not the knowledge of God: I speak this to your shame” (1 Corinthians 15:34). So, what is it that we are rebuked for not doing? It amounts to us not doing for others what someone has done for us. Someone brought us the knowledge of God, but many of us are asleep or inactive and not taking the knowledge of God to others. We may give this information of salvation to our family, friends, or a lost person who visits our church, but what about the rest of the world? What about the lost multitudes in foreign places that Jesus has commanded us to reach? Are you active in the work of missions? Or are you waiting for someone else to do what perhaps you should do, like personally go to the mission field? If you are not totally surrendered and honestly willing to go, you are not surrendered at all and will never know if God wants you to go or not!  Wake up! Get up! Get moving in the direction of those without the knowledge of God, and go until God says, “stop here”.