Updated: May 11, 2020
For anything that becomes visible is light. Therefore it says, "Awake O sleeper, and arise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you."
Ephesians 5:14 (ESV)
I woke up in the middle of the night. My arm was under my pillow, and the weight of my head had squashed it and turned my arm into a numb lump. I touched it with my fingers and even used my other hand to move it around. The arm felt nothing. Once I repositioned it so blood could flow into it, uncomfortable prickles started. Life returned. The limb that had fallen asleep worked again.
We were numb and dead in our sin until Jesus brought us back to life. But the call to "arise from the dead" isn't only for the time we enter heaven.
In a world that turns away from Jesus at every opportunity, it's easy for our hearts to become as lifeless as my squashed arm. Some times we are cut off from the supply of life blood (perhaps ignoring His Word, or prayer, or worship, or fellowship with others, or perhaps being sheltered in place during a pandemic), we become numb to the needs around us and the rich grace that Jesus offers. I'm thankful that He was willing and able to resurrect us daily. The process isn't always comfortable at first. When we begin to spend time with Him, our hearts may feel prickles of conviction. Jesus may call us to to change or to be in His arms in service in a way that challenges us. But, as he shines on us, the joy fo coming back to life will fuel us in our walks with Jesus.
Let's heed the call to wake up and invite Christ to shine on us today.