Wakeful Walking

Guest article by A. W. Tozer:

“Of course, people resent any word reflecting on them, but every once in a while there appears an awakened soul. Some way or another this person got awake. Somehow God Almighty wakened him or her, whether by the crowing of the rooster or by the braying of Balaam’s donkey. This person ceases to be mediocre and somnolent and becomes a blazing, shining light. And then the sleeping saints pay to have him or her come and do their work for them. They send people like this out to South Africa or the Far East to do their work for them. Meanwhile they stay home and sleep spiritually, and earn the money, because they are intellectually and physically awake to send them. When one of these people dies, they write the story of his or her life and may even go so far as to take up a collection to put up a little library in the person’s memory. They could call it the “Awakened Saint Memorial.” But they are very careful not to be awakened themselves. They are careful and perfectly happy to talk about how wonderful Robert Jaffray was, but they will not pay Jaffray’s price. They can talk endlessly about wonderful Dr. A. B. Simpson, but they will not go Simpson’s way. They are careful not to follow the person whose life they write about and whose memorial they erect. But this is what Christianity is all about: the wakened soul, the morally and spiritually wakened. God, who seems so far away, suddenly becomes close. God who had been all out of focus, a blur, now is seen to be the Son of Righteousness in clear sight, with healing in His wings.” 

If we are, Spiritually, wide awake and functional, Judson W. VAN DeVENTER’s hymn, “Sunlight,” the third and fourth stanzas, should resonate in our hearts: “While walking in the light of God, I sweet communion find; I press with holy vigor on, and leave the world behind. I cross the wide extended fields, I journey o’er the plain, and in the sunlight of His love, I reap the golden grain.” Selah! Luke tells us of Peter, John and James present at Jesus’ transfiguration. However, in Luke 9:29;32, while Jesus prayed, we are told that  “….the fashion of His countenance was altered, and His raiment was white and glistering….but Peter and they that were with him were heavy with sleep: and when they were awake, they saw His glory….” What if they had remained asleep? What if we do?   Ron

Questions? E-Mail me at knowingtheway1@gmail.com 

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