"Awake, you who sleep, arise from the dead, and Christ will give you light" (Ephesians 5:14).

Either you have to choose to sleep or you have to opt to maintain a relationship with Christ. Either you have to choose the life of luxury or choose the presence of God. You have to choose the way of receiving the grace of God or you have to go for a fast asleep.

The blessings of the early morning are very great. God says, “And those who seek me diligently will find me" (Proverbs 8:17). "They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness" (Lamentation 3:23). The presence of God will be very great when worship and prayer are made in the morning.

"Wake, you who sleep, arise from the dead" cautions the Scripture. The man who sleeps is being tied with the dead. Deep sleep will lead you to sinful death. Some people look like dead bodies while sleeping. Further, some people will sleep like a log of wood and even people in thousands could not wake them up.

These final hours are not meant for sleeping. This is the time for you to rise and shine for God. So, you may wake up and rise from the dead. Then, God will make you shine. Isaiah the prophet says, "Arise, shine; for your light has come! And the glory of the Lord is risen upon you" (Isaiah 60:1). You have to rise and shine against the darkness of sin and the dominance of the darkness. Dear children of God, will you rise realizing the preciousness of time?

In the Old Testament, Jonah slept under a plant. He went on sleeping until the worm damaged the plant and the sun beat on Jonah's face. When the heat of the sun spoiled his sleep, Jonah, the prophet was distressed and resorted to death saying, "It is better for me to die than to live" (Jonah 4:8).

Another youngster who slept in the New Testament is Eutychus. Paul the Apostle was preaching powerfully and the lights were burning bright. Many were listening to the Word of God from the upper room. But this Eutychus was sleeping sitting near a window. He neither had a liking on the Scripture nor had dedicated his mind to hear the deep truths. Dear children of God, do not consider the great things of the Scripture as strange things (Hosea 8:12). A time will come when the Word of God will not be available.

"And do this, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep; for now our salvation is nearer than when we first believed. The night is far spent, the day is at hand. Therefore let us cast off the works of darkness and let us put on the armor of light" (Romans 13:11, 12).