In our lives, we stand on the cusp of countless dawns. Some mornings bring joy. Others, sorrow. Yet on each horizon, there exists an immutable call, echoing through time. It’s an invitation. Arise. In this world of noise and motion, we are summoned, not just to awaken, but to arise in the Lord’s Name.
Remember the moment Lazarus emerged from his tomb? The Gospel of John (11:43-44) paints a vivid picture. Christ did not merely whisper or mutter. He exclaimed, “Lazarus, come out!” And in that instant, what was lifeless gained life, what was still moved, what was silent began to speak.
Arise. It is not just an invitation to wake up but a mandate to act, to speak, to make our presence known. The Lord does not wish for passive believers. He craves souls ablaze with purpose. When we speak, we must do so with intention. When we act, it should resonate with purpose. And through it all, we must lean into our deep undying faith.
Action Rooted in Belief
“Faith without works is dead,” James reminds us (James 2:26). It’s not sufficient to declare our love for God. We must demonstrate this love in tangible ways, through our choices and our deeds.
- We arise each day with the opportunity to serve.
- We speak words of encouragement and truth.
- We undertake actions that uplift and heal.
- We embody persistence, even when faced with life’s hurricanes.
- We open our hearts to receive God’s grace and share it freely.
The Persistence of the Spirit
Recall the parable of the persistent widow (Luke 18:1-8). Christ reminds us to always pray and not lose heart. In our journey of faith, we will stumble. But persistence is the heartbeat of faith. We are urged to pick ourselves up, brush away the dust, and with courage in our hearts, move forward.
God knows the intricacies of our hearts. The silent prayers. The whispered hopes. The quiet yearnings. Yet, He wants more than our silent reverence. He longs for us to use our voices, to stand up in the world and declare, “Here I am, Lord. Use me.”
Our hearts beat with divine purpose. The cadence unique, yet the mission universal: To be God’s instruments on Earth.
Arise. Speak. Act.
A silhouette appears on a distant hill. The sun casts its golden rays, bathing the figure in light. Christ beckons. The call is clear. Not to merely awaken, but to rise with purpose, with action and persistence, to pour our hearts into God’s grand design.
Will you answer the call? Will you arise in the Lord’s Name? For in doing so, you not only find your purpose but you also illuminate the path for others, guiding them home.