I’m sitting in my dorm room thinking about what to write, my roommate is sound asleep and it’s only 8:42pm, and my heart is on its last string. I feel so stressed out mentally, spiritually, and physically. I haven’t been able to figure out how I’m going to pay for this semester, I’m growing up fast and it’s smacking me in the face, and I might get a job that will run me into the ground so I can pay for my tuition.
Who is asleep? Me or my roommate?
Hearing my roommate pray is one of the most uplifting things. He speaks so eloquently when he prays and I want to emphasize when he prays. He has a passion for God all the time. Yeah he gets stressed out but it doesn’t get him down. I, on the other hand, am so forgetful to put God into the center of everything I do. I’m learning quickly that I can’t do this alone.
I need to do whatever it is that I am doing with love and grace just as God has done with me. He shields me with these things. He covers my head with the salvation He provides.
“You are all children of the light and children of the day. We do not belong to the night or to the darkness. So then, let us not be like others, who are asleep, but let us be awake and sober. For those who sleep, sleep at night, and those who get drunk, get drunk at night. But since we belong to the day, let us be sober, putting on faith and love as a breastplate, and the hope of salvation as a helmet. For God did not appoint us to suffer wrath but to receive salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ. He died for us so that, whether we are awake or asleep, we may live together with him. Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing” 1 Thessalonians 5:5-11
The concept of being awake or asleep has always interested me. It was Tyler Joseph who rapped…
“It is faith and there’s sleep. We need to pick one please because faith is to be awake, and to be awake is for us to think, and for us to think is to be alive. And I will try with every rhyme to come across like I am dying to let you know you need to try to think.” – Car Radio by Twenty One Pilots
We need to be awake with a breastplate of faith and love and a helmet of salvation. We need to have faith and love in our hearts and have our salvation always on our mind. To do that we must be awake. Stay awake with me. Stay alive. God wants your full attention. Stand your ground for the Kingdom.
Imagine you’re on night watch duty for the Kingdom of God. Are you going to fall asleep or are you going to fight the temptation and stay awake?
Be awakened. Stay awake.