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Wake Up!

April 3, 2018


A man and his wife are awakened at 3 o'clock in the morning by a loud pounding on the back door. The man gets up and goes to the door where a drunken stranger, standing in the pouring rain, is asking for a push. 


"Not a chance," says the husband, "It is three o'clock in the morning." He slams the door and returns to bed. 


"Who was that?" asked his wife. "Just some drunk guy asking for a push," he answers. 


"Did you help him?" she asks. "No. I did not. It is three o'clock in the morning and it is pouring rain outside!"


His wife said, "Don't you remember about three months ago when we broke down and those two guys helped us? I think you should help him, and you should be ashamed of yourself!" 


The man does as he is told, gets dressed and goes out into the pouring rain. He calls out into the dark,


"Hello. Are you still there?" 


"Yes," comes back the answer. 


"Do you still need a push?" calls out the husband.


"Yes! Please!" comes the reply from the darkness. 


"Where are you?" asks the husband.


"Over here! On the swing!" 


How many of you love to sleep? I have a Fitbit that tracks my sleep, it is depressing at times.


How many of you could sleep until noon every day? If I sleep until 7, that’s sleeping in for me. I’m usually up around 5:30ish.


How about sleepwalking? Any sleepwalkers out there?


My son, John Jr, used to sleepwalk. It was so bad that we had to put gates up when we moved into our house on Westside Drive.


I remember one time, when we were living in Brewerton, I was fast asleep, and snoring away I’m sure. Well, for some reason, I had the weird feeling that somebody was watching me. So as I began to open my eyes I was met by the deep stare from my son, just inches away from my face. I didn’t freak out, I just calmly said, “Andy, Andy, what are you doing? Andy, hello, can you hear me? Andy?” He said nothing, turned, and walked back to his room. I followed him and watched him climb back into bed. It was weird. It was almost zombyish, awkward and disturbing.


Some of us have been going through life, living life, but not truly being alive.  Sleepwalking! We've been going through the motions and have been missing what we truly have been put on earth for.  It’s time we wake up and start living the life God is calling us to.


We need to awaken. Folks, it’s TIME TO WAKE UP!


We read in John 11:1-6, “Now a certain man was ill, Lazarus of Bethany, the village of Mary and her sister Martha. It was Mary who anointed the Lord with ointment and wiped his feet with her hair, whose brother Lazarus was ill. So the sisters sent to him, saying, “Lord, he whom you love is ill.” But when Jesus heard it he said, “This illness does not lead to death. It is for the glory of God, so that the Son of God may be glorified through it.”


And in verse John 11:11 we read, “Jesus said to them, “Our friend Lazarus has fallen asleep, but I go to awaken him.”


And Awaken He did. Lazarus was dead, 4 days dead, and Jesus finally left to go and awaken His friend. Awaken him from the dead! Folks, we’ve been sleeping long enough, maybe even dead! Sleepwalking?




It’s time to wake up and trust that Jesus has a plan for your life.


It’s time to wake up and realize God has never abandoned you, but has been pursuing you.


It’s time to wake up and realize God wants to use your story to minister to others.


It’s time to wake up and stop living life going through the motions.


It’s time to wake up and get out of bed and start living the life God has called you to live.


Jesus wants to wake us up to live life for Him!


Not a half-hearted life, not a life of going through the motions, not a life of sleepwalking, but a life alive and with Jesus.  It’s time to wake up!


In His Hands,




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