Greetings, David here
“Waking the Dead” by John Eldredge, is a book title that grabs your attention. It’s even more of an eye-opener when you realise the author is not talking about the unsaved who have not yet found Jesus. He’s talking about Christians.
“How can this be? ” you may wonder. Even though Jesus lives in us, all too often we’re swallowed up by the events of our day to day lives so that to a large degree we’re oblivious to the ‘other’ reality – the spiritual reality . We need to really wake up and smell the coffee.
Eldredge uses movie and literary references to help us realise that, just like Neo learned in The Matrix, just like Frodo learned in Lord of the Rings and just like Luke Skywalker learned in Star Wars, things are not always what they seem. There’s a much bigger reality playing out all around us. We have all seen glimpses of this, in the sunsets, in the laughter of our kids, and in those moments where we just know that we’ve encountered God, but can’t explain or understand why or for what purpose.
The book begins with a quote from Saint Irenaeus:
The glory of God is man fully alive.
Eldredge shows us ways to re-awaken spiritually, to become fully alive and enjoy more of the abundant life Jesus promised us in John 10:10:
The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.
Eldredge speaks of four spiritual ideas: Walking With God, Receiving God’s Intimate Counsel, Deep Restoration and Spiritual Warfare. He encourages us to develop a deeper relationship with God and explains how we are all broken due to various trials and circumstances of life. Jesus wants to come into our hearts and heal those broken areas, one by one. It starts by waking up.
God has created each of us to bring glory to Him. We each have talents He has given us and when we use them in a proper manner, it glorifies Him. At the same time we become alive – fully. Yet, many times we become discouraged from using our talents, perhaps even being criticised as vain for seeking to use what God has given us.
There are so many ways to hide
There are so many ways not to feel
There are so many ways to deny what is real
~ Sara Groves
May you know what it is to come awake and be fully alive. This week may you experience the glory of God in your daily life. May you be aware of the one who meets you in the small places of life, who creates opportunities and the coincidences that are all planned. This week may you open the eyes of your heart and see what God has for you. May your life encourage others to wake up to reality of living. May you seize the day and know that everything is spiritual.