Thursday, February 23, 2023
“Wherefore he saith, Awake thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give thee light” (Ephesians 5:14 KJV).
“Wake up!,” screams the Holy Spirit to today’s comatose professing church!
Indeed, truth is sometimes stranger than fiction. Review, for example, these three medical cases. Back in 1941, a six-year-old girl was anesthetized for a routine surgery, but she never regained consciousness. Amazingly, her coma lasted 37 years, when she ultimately expired. Due to a traumatic assault, one lady went into a coma—and died after remaining 41 years in that persistent vegetative state. In 1969, a woman entered a diabetic coma and never woke up, dying 42 years later. A coma is a state of deep, prolonged unconsciousness, resulting from various factors. How truly sad it is to see physical bodies lying helpless in bed, wasting away, unable to respond to their environment. Yet, there is something equally disturbing, but far deadlier, in the spiritual realm.
Throughout my 17 years in ministry, I have encountered a great diversity of lost and saved people alike. Who has concerned me the most is not the people without or unaware of the Lord Jesus Christ, but the people who allegedly have or know of Him. We would naturally expect the latter to be the most informed, spiritually enlightened people in this world, those who had exemplary lives and morals. After all, they “read” the Bible, and they sing about “Jesus,” “grace,” and “the Spirit.” Yet, when I personally interacted with them—meeting and conversing with them—I realized they were in a spiritual comatose state. Their conduct, speech, and values were not Christian. Sin that should have bothered them did not trouble them at all. They had no real interest in spiritual matters or serious Bible study. If I were a non-Christian, nothing they had or said would have ever convinced me to become a Christian. Honestly, this hypocrisy is likely the main reason why “Christianity” is detested so often.
Dearly beloved, before we condemn the world’s people for their evils, we the “Christians” (?) need to address our own sins. Our main transgression is our persistent spiritual coma as referenced in today’s Scripture….