This is why it is said:
“Wake up, sleeper,
rise from the dead,
and Christ will shine on you.”


I wonder what would happen all over the world if Christians were to suddenly get very busy in the Lord’s work? I wonder what breakthroughs would be achieved, what barriers would fall, what blessing might be poured out if we were to experience a sudden stirring to action?

George Sweeting offers the following bit of history: “During the reign of Oliver Cromwell, there was a shortage of currency in the British Empire. Representatives carefully searched the nation in hopes of finding silver to meet the emergency. After one month, the committee returned with its report. ‘We have searched the Empire in vain seeking to find silver. To our dismay, we found none anywhere except in the cathedrals where the statues of the saints are made of choice silver.’ To this, Oliver Cromwell eloquently answered, ‘Let’s melt down the saints and put them into circulation.’“

Maybe we should be praying for some kind of “meltdown.” Some churches are absolutely frozen in time, frigid in fellowship, rigid in worship, and suspended in outreach. If only we could experience a meltdown that puts saints into circulation, love into action, life into liturgy, and momentum into our disabled movements. We might just change the world!


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