The New Testament has three charges to, Awake! This must mean someth8ing!
Perhaps God knows that the Church will fall asleep.
Life isn’t that exciting, it’s mostly just humdrum routine. It gets old. Nothing exciting to rally the troops.
That’s why lots of Christians obsess over the news and do boycotts and post weird things on Facebook to engender outrage, or at the least, emotion of some sort.
It’s easier to spur emotions like hatred and anger than it is to stir up love and compassion.
Since spiritual life is rather mundane–run with patience the race set before you (you don’t see marathon running as a spectator sport)–we sidetrack ourselves into physical contests that keep the interest.
Thus we miss the whole point.
Sure, we can feel good that we got a ten commandments monument set up somewhere, but really, how has anyone been helped spiritually by all that commotion?
God knew we would have a hard time keeping our focus, that we would get sidetracked in our lives. So He tells us three times to Awake! Quit slumbering and get to work.
Here are the three passages, see if you can find any commonality in what God wants you to be doing with your awakeness.
“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.”
“Awake to righteousness, and sin not; for some have not the knowledge of God: I speak this to your shame.”
“Wherefore he saith, Awake thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give thee light.See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise.”