The Wake-Up Call
taken from a message given by Adrian Rogers
Today there needs to be a modern Paul Revere who tells us to wake up! The enemy is coming, and we need to sound the alarm. The sad thing is many of God’s children are sound asleep when they ought to be awake— the church is asleep, snuggled up in her pews with the covers pulled up over her head, and the sanctuary is dark. God’s alarm clock is going off. This is no time to push the snooze button!
In 1775, the light from two lanterns saved America from destruction and today the light from the Word of God is broadcasting another warning about a far deeper danger. We have been given a wake-up call by the Word of God—is anyone listening?
And that, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep: for now is our salvation nearer than when we believed. The night is far spent, the day is at hand: let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armour of light. Romans 13:11-12
According to God’s clock, it’s time to wake up. Just as the Apostle Paul gave a wake-up call to the saints in Rome, how much more we need his wake-up call today!
America is in a moral free fall like never before seen in history. The alarm has sounded, and we need to heed the call. But what are people doing? They are rolling over and yawning in the face of God. But Paul says “it is high time to awake” and “the night is far spent.”
Jesus said in John 9:4, “I must work the works of Him that sent Me while it is day, for night cometh when no man can work.”
There are a lot of things you can do, but I’m going to tell you all the soul-winning that you’re ever going to do, you’re going to do while you are here on this earth. And it may be later in that day of opportunity than you realize.
We have opportunities now that are unparalleled to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ! That’s what we are doing at Love Worth Finding—reaching across this globe to tell the world to come to Jesus!
Not only is it time to wake up, but it’s time to clean up. These verses continue to tell us to put off rioting, drunkenness, shamelessness, strife, and envy. You may think that’s not possible, but this listener’s testimony echoes so many we receive:
I was raised in a Christian home, but I became agnostic and began studying other religions. Over the years I became bitter, subscribed to evolution, atheism, and eventually Satanism. It was during this dark time that I found Love Worth Finding on the radio. I listened with a full intent of mocking the message. But no matter how much my hate raged, I still listened. The more I heard, the more I resisted, but I couldn’t stop listening. One day my cynicism burst like a dam. In the middle of Adrian Rogers’ message I left work, bought a Bible, and began reading. Glory be to God, the Lord Jesus and His grace. I admitted all my sins, begged His forgiveness, and proclaimed my love for Him. Praise His name. If such an enemy of Christianity can turn and be saved, truly anyone can!
Oh, how we need to come before our Lord in honesty and confession.
Not only is it time to wake up, but it’s time to dress up and put on the Lord Jesus Christ. Put Him on for direction because He is Lord.
Put Him on for deliverance because He is Savior, and put Him on for dominion because He is King Messiah.
So where do you think we stand as a culture, as a church, and you as an individual Christian? Paul sounded the alarm in the first century, and we need to sound it today as well. You’ve heard the alarm. Now you can either roll over and hit the “snooze” button, or we can get up, clean up, and dress up!
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