So then let us not sleep, as others do, but let us keep awake and be sober. 1 Thessalonians 5:6 (ESV)
Be completely awake to me. Listen attentively to my word. Make yourself fully available to me. You are describing the kind of life that I want to live with you. I want to walk with you. I want to hear your voice. I want to recognize and see all that you are doing in the world around me. I want every step of my life to be guided by you. I don’t want to hold anything back from you. I want to go where you guide me. I want to do what you ask of me. Yes, I will make myself fully available to you. Yes, I will listen attentively to your word. Yes, I will be completely awake to you. I’m here right now to listen to all that you have to say to me. I will keep coming to you each and every day. I will draw near to you. I know that you will draw near to me. Yes, I will.
Can I tell you something? Yes, go right ahead, I’m listening. I’m impatient. Do you think that comes as a surprise to me? No, I’m just stating the obvious. Tell me about your impatience. I know that you have given me an overpowering desire to know and love you. I know that you have given me an insatiable hunger for you. I know that you have set me on fire so that I want to shine brightly as a light in the world for you. You don’t have to worry about me spiritually sleep walking through life. No, I’m sure that I wont have to worry about that. You have fully welcomed me into your heart and mind and life. Yes, I have. But, I am impatient. What are you impatient about? You know. Yes, I do know. I want all that you want me to have. I want to be all that you want me to be. I want to do all that you want me to do. You want all of what I have for you right now at this very moment, is that right? You want to be all that I want you to be right now? You want to do all that I have given you to do right now? I would have thought so until I just heard you ask me those questions. Have you changed your mind? Yes, I have changed my mind. Why is that? I know that I need to trust your timing. I know that I should not run ahead of you or lag behind you. You want me to keep in step with all that you want to do in me, with me and for me. Yes, I do. Will you trust me? Will you rely on me? Will you attentively watch and what for all that I will do in and through you for my kingdom and my glory? Yes Lord, I will keep in step with you. Yes, I rely on you and your timing. That will be very good.
Lord, I want to be awake and alert to all you are doing in the world around me. I will be on guard against anything that might cause me to spiritually sleep walk through life. Help me to passionately love, follow and serve you as I eagerly wait for your return. Amen
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