“Wake up, O sleeper, rise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you.” Ephesians 5:14b
Apathy: Absence or suppression of passion, emotion, or excitement, lack of interest or concern, emotionless, without feelings, complacency, indifferent, to ignore, disinterested, anesthetized, too lazy, too busy, self-indulgent, a subconscious blocking of distressing information.
The world is still sleeping its “sleep of death”. It has been a slumber of many generations; sometimes deeper, sometimes lighter, yet still a slumber like that of the tomb, as if destined to continue till the last trumpet sound; and then there shall be no more sleep. Yet God has not left it to sleep unwarned. He has spoken in a voice that might reach the dullest ears and quicken the coldest heart. Then thousand times has He thus spoken and still He speaks. But the world refuses to hear. Its myriads slumber on, as if this sleep of death were the very blessedness of its being.
- Historical collections of accounts of revival, 1845 -
O God, you are my God,
earnestly I seek you;
my soul thirsts for you,
my body longs for you,
in a dry and weary land
where there is no water.
link to song burning ones
Brainerd’s Diary and Journal reveal an ardent and oft reiterated yearning to “burn out” for his Lord and to be “aflame for God”. “It is my fervent longing” he said, “to be a flame of fire, continually glowing in the divine service, till my latest, my dying moment.”
-Heroes of faith on pioneer trails-
I refuse to sleep one more minute. I’m awake… with eyes opened, heart rendered, and knees bent while I whisper “Yes…Yes, Lord! then I raise my hands as I move my feet: “I’m available for service. Send me. I’ll go. I want to stay awake forever…”
-Anne Graham Lotz-