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Caffeine For The Soul

14December2012

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“Therefore stay awake –  for you do not know when the master of the house will come, in the evening, or at midnight, or when the rooster crows, or in the morning – lest he come suddenly and find you asleep.”  – Mark 13:26-27 (ESV)

When I was a kid I had a problem with sleep walking. It was a problem because one Christmas I woke up standing on a street corner across the intersection from my house. Thankfully, my uncle was up late and when I came through the kitchen sound asleep, he followed me out the door, unable to rouse me. I finally woke up under a street light, confused and cold. And while it all turned out okay, you know what scares me?

The world is asleep in the dark, oblivious to the truth of Jesus’ promises, and the reality of his soon return. And the Church is asleep in the light, confessing that God holds the future, yet fretting over the Fiscal Cliff, the Mayan Apocalypse, job insecurity, and whether there will be enough money to get the kids what they want for Christmas again this year. So many of us are sleepwalking – vaguely aware that “God loves us” as we go through the motions of religious obligation – with little to show for it in terms of joy, peace, obedience, or expectancy.

We are sleepwalkers. All of us. And Jesus says to the sleepwalkers of every age, “wake up!” Today is the day of salvation! Yesterday is gone and tomorrow isn’t here yet, so be alert and watchful right now for God’s presence in your life, and in the life of the world. But how do we do that? Some of us are “morning people.” And God bless you. Really. But I don’t function until the first cup of coffee is coursing through my body. In fact, if my house caught fire, after getting Patti and the girls out, I would absolutely go back in and grab my Keurig ® and a box of Starbuck’s House Blend:)

The “soul caffeine” that God offers us is His Word… and people who take that word seriously. When you are around sleepy, yawning people all day, you tend to get sleepy and yawn a lot. And if your diet consists mainly of junk food, you may well find yourself sawing logs in the recliner before Alex Trebek can say “This… is…Jeopardy.”  What we take in to ourselves matters, spiritually as well as physically.

Advent is a time to adjust our diets. A time to fast from endless hours spent on Facebook, internet surfing, and reality TV. A time to feast on the Scriptures and to consume copious amounts of fellowship with brothers and sisters in Christ. Blessed are the watchful and the ready, Jesus insists. So drink up. Today is the day of salvation! So drink deeply. Have yourself a double shot espresso from the well that never runs dry. Because you never know when the master will show up… 

JAM@CCD

 
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