Awake, Sleeper
Ephesians 5:14

The Upward Look
    by Max D. Hutto,

“For this reason it says, Awake, sleeper, And arise from the dead, And Christ will shine on you.” Ephesians 5:14 NASB

This poetic verse is not a direct quote from the Old Testament scripture but may be a paraphrase of Isaiah 60:1. Describing a conversion experience, the poem may have been used as a baptismal hymn. It calls for the sleeper, the person walking in darkness, to awaken and come to the Light, Christ. A person in darkness is spiritually dead without Christ. The clarion cry is for a sleeper, who is dead in sin and trespasses, to be made alive by faith in Christ. Then the light and life of Christ will shine brightly on and through the person who is walking in the light of Christ.

Lord Jesus, may Your light shine forth through my life, and may others be awakened to walk in Your light.


  July 28, 2023   -  © Copyright 2023, Max D. Hutto.

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