Tuesday, February 15, 2011

What Are You Waiting For?

Acts 22:16
And now what are you waiting for? Get up, be baptized and wash your sins away, calling on his name.

Sometimes, I lay in the bed after the alarm goes off trying to allow my body to catch up to my mind. I have to tell my body to move because it wants to remain comfortable in that warm bed enraptured by a state of inactivity. We have too much to accomplish to lie in the bed for hours after the alarm has already gone off. Some of us are sitting in front of our computers, lying in the bed with our smart phones, but we have not gotten up. What are you waiting for?

There is an alarm built in your spirit that God has placed there that reminds you that you have work to do. Jesus said, “I must work the works of him who sent me while it is day for when night comes no man can work.” If you saw daylight today that means that you still have work to do, that’s why the old folks could wake up with joy singing, “Lord you gave me one more sunny day.” But if you are still idle this morning I have to ask you, ‘what are you waiting for?’

After the Apostle Paul had his Damascus road wakeup call he had to lay down in a house on straight street. After he recovered he was still lying down. God sent Ananias to give Paul instructions on his journey and what he would accomplish for the Lord. Maybe the reason you are still laying down after recovery is that you need a Life Coach like Ananias, who can spur you on toward good works and ask you hard questions like, “What are you waiting for?” There is something great inside of you that God is trying to birth in you but you have been procrastinating and putting off what you know God has purposed you to do. I don’t even think that you are afraid of failure you are more afraid to succeed. If I do what God tells me to do I will no longer have the luxury of lying in obscurity inoculated by mendacity but I must engage the world with what he has commissioned me to do with my life. It’s time to wake up! In order to break this spirit of procrastination we have to:

Get up. Half the battle for attempting to accomplish anything worthwhile is getting up. The other night when Eminem won his Grammy for his Album Recovery, he yelled out, “Detroit, Stand up!” It was like Eminem after his own recovery from drug addiction was speaking to his dead and impoverished city with so much potential, "it’s time for us to stand up again.” After your recovery you don’t stay down you stand up.

Be Baptized. That is Immerse yourself in that which is going to make you new. When you have a passion for something you have to immerse yourself in it until you accomplish what it is you set out today. Don’t get sprinkled with hit and miss attempts, get baptized! Put your whole self into it.

Wash your sins away. Forget about past mistakes and failures. Instead press toward the new thing God is doing. Paul said, “Not that I have already obtained perfection but one thing I do is forget those things that are behind me and press toward the prize of the high calling of Jesus Christ.”

Call on his name. Start operating in the authority God has given you. Jesus said, “Ask anything in my name and it will be given to you.” That’s authority! Star calling on his name.

Whenever I wake my boys up in the morning I call them through the monitor system. “Son are you awake? ‘Yes sir (sleepy voice).’ “Then get up and put your feet on the floor. It’s time to have a great day.”

Dear God,
I’m ready to get up to do what you have for me to do. Use me as you see fit. Thank you for waking me up this morning and starting me on my way. Baptize me Jesus with your Holy Ghost and help me to walk in authority all day long.

In Jesus Name,


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