Ephesians 5:14 “Awake, You Who Sleep…”

Ephesians 5:14 — New King James Version

Therefore He says:  “Awake, you who sleep, arise from the dead, and Christ will give you light.”

Reflection:

A message to the spiritually dead, the morally dead, and especially those who are complacent or apathetic to the injustices and inequalities occurring around the world. It is time for people to wake up and see the opportunities that are upon us to do God’s work!  It is time to take action against injustice, prejudice, intolerance, bigotry, violence, ignorance, poverty, hunger, homelessness, and atrocities against humanity.  This is a call to action and a call for us to wake up and start shedding light upon the darkness of the world.

Jesus is the light of the world.  He is our moral guide.  He is our spiritual guide.  He is a powerful role model and teacher of what we can do as human beings.  Whether you believe He is the son of God or not, there is no disputing His compassion and his desire to uplift the poor, help those in need, and to rid the world of oppression and injustice.  It is our mission to take on his legacy and spread light onto the world and share compassion, spread love and not hatred.  It is time we raise awareness of the social issues of the day and combat hatred with compassion and kindness.  We must shed light and expose corruption, cruelty, and hatred and as a unified humanity, join together to support one another and find solutions to the world’s pressing issues like hunger, poverty, violence against women, discrimination, racial bigotry, and oppression.

As persons of faith, we must connect with God, be willing to be inspired by Him and the Holy Spirit and be ready to be instruments of His love, His grace, His compassion.  God granted us many gifts– skills, talents, virtues, the capacity to love and have empathy and compassion… and many other gifts.  To ignore those gifts or to deny others the fruits of these gifts is like an insult to yourself and especially to God.  God didn’t give these gifts just so we can sit on them and boast or brag about them or forget about them.  He intended for us to use them and take joy in them and share joy in what benefits we can provide to others as well as to ourselves.

So wake up!  The world needs good people in it to take action!

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About Rachel Conlin McLeod

Transgender activist, Christian at First Baptist Church in Willimantic, Connecticut. B.A. in History and Social Sciences, B.A. in Sociology Freelance writer, tutor, research assistant Loves hockey, ballet, women's gymnastics, and Bible studies.
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