Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Awakened but Still Asleep

This morning I sensed Father saying too me, “That word you keep using, ‘awakened,’ maybe that doesn’t mean what you think it means.”
In fact I have used that word a lot and because of Him getting my attention, you know those crazy nudges he uses I am beginning to see what I was not seeing, in a much fuller way.

I heard this illustration a long time ago and it speaks graphically of what I want to open up here for further thought and conversation amongst my wonderful siblings.
It’s the story of a ship Captain who has become derelict in his duties and gotten himself so stone drunk he has passed out. Not realizing he has abandoned his role as the captain and not recognizing the seriousness of his ship floundering at sea because of a strong wind that has suddenly turned into a vicious ship eater.
Panic grips the hearts of the crew, where is the captain they yell out in desperation. One of the officers goes down to the captain’s cabin and finds to his horror the captain is in a drunken sleep. Shaking him violently he yells, the ship is about to crash upon the reef, we have to do something immediately sir. The captain although still intoxicated somehow understands what is being said, he then proceeds to the upper deck to assume his role of captain.

I’ve deliberately stopped the story here to further illustrate my point regarding the word awakened.
The reality of impending doom was soon realized by the captain, but simply being awakened did not automatically save the ship, he needed to act now that he was awakened.

Through out the body of Christ so many are being awakened, but this does not guarantee that they are or will take the needed and necessary steps of addressing the seriousness of their situation, whatever that might be.
Who are they turning too? “For you have not received a spirit of slavery leading to fear again, but you have received a spirit of adoption as sons by which we cry out, "Abba! Father!"

The burden I am experiencing regarding this awakening in the body is first prayer, and secondly when and where possible pointing those being awakened to their source, Christ in them, their only Life!
I’m going to throw this in here for a rhetorical question. When baby ducks come out of their shells and there is any water close by, how long of a pre-swimming course do they enroll in before taking that big plunge?
If you have ever seen this humorous site of these little puff balls running their little legs off and diving into a foreign substance (water) that hey have never been in before and swimming as if they are pros, you know there is a inner knowing they have built into them to do this.

Why do those who have been awakened from their sleep need anyone to instruct them to now work out what Father has worked into them, working out their own salvation?
There is something drastically wrong when we have to take the responsibility to instruct those whom the Father by His spirit has written into the DNA of his children how to live as His child, something far more powerful and glorious than that stamped into a little duck that instantly after hatching swims.
Let’s trust Father to open our eyes that much more to Know that we already have all that is needed to keep stepping forward in Him.

Rich

1 comment:

Amy said...

Rich,
You are truly such a gifted and wise writer, Rich. I mean this from the depths of my heart. I'm always eager to read your blogs. Such evidence of your connection with Father.

I love the story/illustration here of the drunk captain. I especially love one of the excellent messages within it: "Through out the body of Christ so many are being awakened, but this does not guarantee that they are or will take the needed and necessary steps of addressing the seriousness of their situation, whatever that might be.
Who are they turning too?"

Aaahhh...and symbolism of the baby chicks in discovery of water...excellent. "...there is a inner knowing they have built into them to do this....Why do those who have been awakened from their sleep need anyone to instruct them to now work out what Father has worked into them, working out their own salvation?"

Father Son Holy Spirit is fully alive within our hearts. He is fully capable of showing us, guiding us, teaching us, providing for our needs and working out our santification, renewing, and full completion of what He has begun in us.

"There is something drastically wrong when we have to take the responsibility to instruct those whom the Father by His spirit has written into the DNA of his children how to live as His child..."

Amen!

Blessings,
~Amy :)
http://amyiswalkinginthespirit.blogspot.com