Monday, January 21, 2013
When Mary and Martha sent word to Jesus that Lazarus was sick, they said, “Lord, the one you love is sick.” For the wordsick the message included the Greek word astheneo, which translates “to be weak, feeble, to be without strength, powerless” (New Testament Greek Lexicon). They wanted to communicate that Lazarus was suffering from a very serious illness, one that had left him powerless.
There are times when we all need to send an urgent message to Jesus. We all at times feel “weak, feeble, without strength, and powerless.” Sometimes our message refers to a physical illness, but sometimes it refers to spiritual illness.
Lazarus’s body was asleep, but sometimes our souls are asleep. Lazarus was physically dying, yet our souls can be dying as well.
How does it look to have a sleeping soul? We might have a soul that has become hardened. A soul that is filled with bitterness. A soul that is angry. A soul that has given up. A soul that feels hopeless. A soul that is lonely. A soul that is judgmental.
What might your message be to Jesus?
“Lord, the one you love is ___________________________________.”
Lazarus experienced a resurrection, an awakening of the body. Do we need to have a soul awakening? A resurrected soul?
Scripture reminds us to “wake up” our souls from darkness. Christ will give us light.
This is all the more urgent, for you know how late it is; time is running out. Wake up, for our salvation is nearer now than when we first believed. The night is almost gone; the day of salvation will soon be here. So remove your dark deeds like dirty clothes, and put on the shining armor of right living. Romans 13:11-12 (NLT)
For it is light that makes everything visible. This is why it is said: "Wake up, O sleeper, rise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you." Ephesians 5:14 (NIV)
When we give God our weak, feeble, and powerless souls, he will give us light, hope, and direction.
We move from darkness to light.
From death to life.
From fear to faith.
From foolishness to wisdom.
From sleeping to waking.
Christ always responds to our messages! We need to make sure we send them!