by Tammy Phillips
October 23, 2021
“Knowing the time, that now [it is] high time to awake out of sleep: for now [is] our salvation nearer than when we believed… Let us walk honestly, as in the day…” (Romans 13:11, 13 KJV)
When I was around nine or ten years old, I remember being told that I sleepwalked into our den and pulled down our Christmas tree. If I had been my mom, I would not have put it back up. She does not remember exactly what happened, and neither do I, I was asleep. I do not have a clue. Mom said I did some damage to the tree. I can see how sleepwalking could be dangerous.
Many are sleepwalking through life; I was. I did the best I could to just get by while working, trying to be a wife, and mother to two small boys. I cannot put a date on the day that I awoke, realized I needed to live differently and needed to invite Jesus into to EVERY area of my life. Occasionally, we suddenly awake and jump out of bed, but if you are anything like me, waking and arising are progressive. Sometimes, I lay there thinking, I do not want to get up. Other times, I cannot wait to get up. Most of the times, I give little thought to it and just get up. Scriptures says:
“Knowing the time, that now [it is] high time to awake out of sleep: for now [is] our salvation nearer than when we believed. … Let us walk honestly, as in the day…” (Romans 13:11, 13 KJV)
Do you know what time it is? We do not rise before it is time to get up. Are you still sleep walking through life? Are you allowing things to just happen around you? Are you choosing not to awake to the Lord nor live on purpose? Paul told us 2000 years ago, “It was high time to awake.” Do you know what day and time it is? The time is NOW! It is “high time,” which means it is not just the day; it is the hour! It a very specific season! It is Christ-time. We should be living and expecting any day, according to scripture. We have been in the last days since Jesus arose. It is the season. The end of days is drawing near, and we need to live accordingly. It is time to wake up from sleepwalking and start awake-walking. We are encouraged in Roman 13:13 to walk honestly like it daytime.
“This sleepiness in the Christian is exceedingly dangerous, too, because he can do a great deal while he is asleep that will make him look as if he were quite awake.” (Spurgeon)
Paul encourages us again, “Awake, you who sleep, Arise from the dead, And Christ will give you light. See then that you walk circumspectly, not as fools but as wise.” (Ephesians 5:14-15 NKJV) Christ will lead us in every walk of life, if we wake up to Him and righteousness (right living). He will give us the light we need to awake and walk circumspectly. Walk circumspectly means to live and walk on purpose. It means to walk exactly, accurately, precisely, carefully, diligently, and perfectly. According to Strongs Concordance, it means to “walk the most straightest.”
Isn’t the fastest way to get somewhere, the straightest way? Israel sleepwalked, talked and wandered through the desert for forty years. If they had awakened to the instructions of the Lord and walked circumspectly, their journey would have only been about eleven days instead of years. Our journeys through life would be much shorter if we would wake up and walk “the most straightest.”
I enCOURAGE you to AWAKE don’t sleepwalk through life turning over Christmas trees. Live on purpose. Cause the least damage. Walk circumspectly. You will get to your destiny a whole lot quicker. Get into the Word and let Jesus lead the way. The time is now. It is the hour. Don’t be caught sleeping. Be caught walking “the most straightest.”
“Be ready for service and have your lamps lit. “You are to be like people waiting for their master to return from the wedding banquet so that when he comes and knocks, they can open the door for him at once. Blessed will be those servants the master finds alert when he comes. Truly I tell you, he will get ready, have them recline at the table, then come and serve them. If he comes in the middle of the night, or even near dawn, and finds them alert, blessed are those servants. … You also be ready, because the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect.” (Luke 12:35-3, 40 CSB)