I Thes 5:6 “Therefore let us not sleep, as others do, but let us watch and be sober.”
Did you know there are 7 church ages found in the NT outlined in scripture and many feel we are in the last one called Laodicea? Each has its own major characteristic and the last one is that it is a “LUKEWARM’ church age. God says if we fit that description He is not pleased. You can read about the consequences in God’s word.
Rev 3:15-17 “I know your works, that you are neither cold nor hot. I could wish you were cold or hot. 16 So then, because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will vomit you out of My mouth. 17 Because you say, ‘I am rich, have become wealthy, and have need of nothing’–and do not know that you are wretched, miserable, poor, blind, and naked–“
The following speaks volumes to us about how to react and change if we are asleep. As you read you must be very honest with yourself on;
Am I spiritually asleep?
Am I active in His service?
What must I do to change?
Rom 12:1, 2 “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world: but be you transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.
CEASING TO EXPECT
Possibly one of the most devastating things that can happen to us as Christians is that we cease to expect anything to happen and we become ‘luke warm’. I am not sure but that this is not one of our greatest troubles today. We come to our services and they are orderly, they are nice–we come, we go–and sometimes they are timed almost to the minute, and there it is. But that is not Christianity, my friend. Where is the Lord of glory? Where is the one sitting by the well? Are we expecting him? Do we anticipate this? Are we open to it? Are we aware that we are ever facing this glorious possibility of having the greatest surprise of our life?
Or let me put it like this. You may feel and say–as many do–‘I was converted and became a Christian. I’ve grown–yes, I’ve grown in knowledge, I’ve been reading books, I’ve been listening to sermons, but I’ve arrived now at a sort of peak and all I do is maintain that. For the rest of my life I will just go on like this.’
Now, my friend, you must get rid of that attitude; you must get rid of it once and for ever. That is ‘religion’, it is not Christianity. This is Christianity: the Lord appears! Suddenly, in the midst of the drudgery and the routine and the sameness and the dullness and the drabness, unexpectedly, surprisingly, he meets with you and he says something to you that changes the whole of your life and your outlook and lifts you to a level that you had never conceived could be possible for you. Oh, if we get nothing else from this story, I hope we will get this. Do not let the devil persuade you that you have got all you are going to get, still less that you received all you were ever going to receive when you were converted. That has been a popular teaching, even among evangelicals. You get everything at your conversion; it is said, including baptism with the Spirit, and nothing further, ever. Oh, do not believe it; it is not true. It is not true to the teaching of the Scriptures; it is not true in the experience of the saints running down the centuries. There is always this glorious possibility of meeting with him in a new and a dynamic way.
–Martyn Lloyd-Jones, Excerpted from Living Water: Studies in John 4
I John 2:28 “And now, little children, abide in Him, that when He appears, we may have confidence and not be ashamed before Him at His coming.”
John 14:1-3 “Let not your heart be troubled: believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you; for I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and will receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.”
HE IS COMING AGAIN……………………YOU CAN EXPECT IT!