For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light (for the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness, righteousness, and truth), finding out what is acceptable to the Lord. And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather expose them. For it is shameful even to speak of those things which are done by them in secret.
Conducting special meetings on the banks of the Yukon River in Alaska, the village of Eagle, was somewhat of an education to say the least. The Missionary informed me that in order to acquire a congregation for the service, we would probably find it necessary to knock, visit and invite at each home just prior to the meeting. My visits were normal until I reached Bobby’s home. His was a tent. There was no door, just the flap. Bobby was recovering from his routine celebration with alcohol. But the snoring assured me of his presence and the slap on the flap several times brought the response and pledge of presence in the service.
The service had just begun when Bobby arrived. He found an aisle seat and did quite well until I began to preach. I could see the inevitable approaching. He began to doze, but unlike the average person who nearly breaks his neck with the start that awakens him, Bobby went sideways and aisle ways. There was no recovering until he hit the floor. (Please save your comments about my preaching putting people to sleep.)
Perhaps, just perhaps, the stupor that results from the era in which we are living has resulted in more people sleeping spiritually than care to admit their condition. It was a problem in the church in Ephesus that resulted from a satisfaction with the things of darkness instead of the things of light. They were described in the opening verses of Ephesians 5…sexual immorality, impurity, greed, obscenity, coarse living – idolatry – drunkenness. From these things they are told to awake, allowing Christ to give them light. The fruit of that light is goodness, righteousness and truth. (Be sure to read Ephesians 5:1-21) From the lethargy of such stupor: “Awake, O sleeper, rise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you.” (v14)