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Are We Sleeping in Gethsemane?

  

When I read the record of Jesus’ last hours before he was taken captive, one thing that really sticks out to me is the scene in the Garden of Gethsemane. We see the disciples falling asleep when Jesus really needs them. When we hear or read about it, we think “surely I wouldn’t sleep when Jesus needed me!” However, the truth of the matter is that we are sleeping. The Church of Jesus Christ whom Jesus left talents to, is for the most part burying them in the ground. Everyone likes to say, ” I have the spirit!” We’re also supposed to be the salt of the earth! The light of world! The bond slaves of Jesus! Where is our light? I imagined that light Jesus described as a huge lighthouse on the top of the hill, and all we’re doing is lighting match! As quickly as we light the match the wind blows it out. Leonard Ravenhill in his book “Revival God’s way,” he says the following.

“Here is the question: There were 120 men and women in the Upper Room, and ( without our electronic media, our gospel printing houses, 100,000 preachers, Bible schools, etc.) they ‘turned the world upside down.’ Now, with the five million Spirit-filled people mentioned above, plus all the millions in the main-line denominations, and with some cities boasting ‘We have more than 120 churches now with spirit filled people,’ why do we have the greatest mass of sin within the nation (and the churches) that we have ever known? Where is the salt?

I speak for myself when I say this but I find it very easy to be “side tracked” from the purpose God has given us. It’s very easy to get caught up in other things, and just as easy to justify it. In the same book Ravenhill also says.

“While men slept, the enemy sowed tares in the field. While we have been holding conferences on theological puzzles, men have dropped into Christless graves by the millions.”

I say this equally to myself as to any of you, but this is an issue that’s not going away (credit kevin). We should face the fact that people are dying by the thousands everyday, how many have heard the Gospel? Maybe we should just be a little more eternity-conscious?

  

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