Monday, March 5, 2007

'Let us not sleep, as do others'

"'Let us not sleep, as do others'

1 Thessalonians 5:6

There are many ways of promoting Christian wakefulness. Among the rest, let me strongly advise Christians to converse together concerning the ways of the Lord. Christian and Hopeful, as they journeyed towards the Celestial City, said to themselves, 'To prevent drowsiness in this place, let us fall into good discourse'. Christian enquired, 'Brother, where shall we begin?' And Hopeful answered, 'Where God began with us.' Then Christian sang this song:

'When saints do sleepy grow, let them come hither,
And hear how these two pilgrims talk together;
Yea, let them learn of them, in any wise,
Thus to keep ope their drowsy slumb'ring eyes.
Saints' fellowship, if it be managed well,
Keeps them awake, and that in spite of hell.'

Christians who isolate themselves and walk alone, are very liable to grow drowsy. Hold Christian company and you will be kept wakeful by it, and refreshed and encouraged to make quicker progress in the road to heaven. But as you thus take 'sweet counsel' with others in the ways of God, take care that the theme of your converse is the Lord Jesus. Let the eye of faith be constantly looking unto Him; let your heart be full of Him; let your lips speak of His worth. Friend, live near to the cross, and thou wilt not sleep. Labour to impress thyself with a deep sense of the value of the place to which thou art going. If thou rememberest that thou art going to heaven, thou wilt not sleep on the road. If thou thinkest that hell is behind thee, and the devil pursuing thee, thou wilt not loiter. Would the manslayer sleep with the avenger of blood behind him, and the city of refuge before him? Christian, wilt thou sleep whilst the pearly gates are open--the songs of angels waiting for thee to join them--a crown of gold ready for thy brow? Ah! no; in holy fellowship continue to watch and pray that ye enter not into temptation."

~C.H. Spurgeon from Morning and Evening (March 5th, Morning)


Anonymous said...

Precious Katya~

Thanks you for always pointing us to Jesus. I look forward every day to visiting your blog; it's so delightful. It's a treat in my day! Love and miss you, Auntie Tina

James Diggs said...

“…let me strongly advise Christians to converse together concerning the ways of the Lord”

I have been more and more convinced that even our salvation is something that is not as individualistic as our western modern church culture has come to emphasize. We need each other; God not only reconciled us with him but he reconciled us also to one another. I don’t think we can separate the two.

I have tried to surround myself with the body of Christ, fellow travelers on this Kingdom road; and I have been blessed with many. Even on the blogs I participate in and visit I am able to “converse together concerning the ways of the Lord.” Certainly this is not a complete picture of my Christian community but it is a small and yet significant part of it. I love it that blogs allow conversation, it’s not just one directional but I can get feedback and input from my brothers in sister that I share the journey with.

I am glad I am also able to connect with my niece this way as well, thanks for sharing your journey.


Uncle Jamey

Katya said...

Yes~ I, too, have been greatly encouraged by the fellowship one can have across the miles with our brothers and sisters in Christ here in blogdom. It can, indeed, help us to stay awake on the journey!