The key to a fresh start is to arise from your slumber. We have become a sleep-deprived generation that sleep-walks through our days. This leaves us in a spiritual haze. Over a long period, it is necessary for God to give us a wake-up call. If God is trying to get your attention I ask that you rise from your slumber and start walking with him on a daily basis.
But everything exposed by the light becomes visible—and everything that is illuminated becomes a light. 14 This is why it is said: “Wake up, sleeper, rise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you.’ 15 Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, 16 making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil.
When Jesus exposes our heart, our initial reaction is to hide or deny what has become evident. He doesn’t expose us to humiliate us but to eliminate those habits and vices that cause a spiritual malaise in our lives. It is a wake-up call to turn from those sins and turn towards the love of Christ. He wants to shine on your life and illuminate the saving work he has done for you. Don’t run from the light and hide in the shadows (John 3:19). Come out and let that redeeming work transform you.
If we sleepwalk through life it easy to fall into temptation. Because we are tired we take the easy well-worn path that everyone else does. That often leads to spiritual malaise. We need to arise from our slumber and sober up to the reality that Satan is doing his best to trip us up and make the most of every opportunity Jesus gives us. 1 Corinthians 15:58 tell us: “Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain.” We are to stand firm (Eph 6) and not retreat but keep our mind focused on things above and our hands and feet busy with the work of the Lord. Where are your eyes focused? What are your hands and feet busy with? This will tell you how you are living. Arise from your slumber.