Westside Baptist Church of York  

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Kermit L. Minnick, Pastor


"Therefore let us not sleep, as do others..."                                        

  I Thessalonians 5:6

  The masses of mankind are asleep. These are the "others" referred to in our text: "Therefore let us not sleep, as do others... " The sleep referred to is not the necessary and beneficial physical sleep we all need. Rather, the kind of sleep meant here is utterly detrimental and therefore to be put off. It is a spiritual and moral sleep, a spiritual drowsiness and a moral slumber which the sleeper refuses to deny. It is a fatal sleep which every day takes multitudes to their graves. It is a sleep which brings the sleeper's soul and body to weeping, wailing, and gnashing of teeth. The sleep referred to is characterized by a careless, yet secure, attitude regarding one's eternal welfare. The sleeper is too drowsy to take an interest in the inspired Word of God which is able to make him wise unto salvation. Many sleepers are too backward to attend the public proclamation of the gospel at church by Christ's servants, according to His institution. There is insufficient energy to pray to the God of heaven, to confess their sins, to sing His praise, to supplicate for the welfare of their own souls. Interest cannot be mustered to examine one's life -- one's thoughts, attitudes, desires, motives, speech, actions, and reactions -- in the light of God's Word and to notice how different are God's commandments from their performance. While sleepers are awake to travel, awake to the arts, and awake to family, they are in a sound sleep with regard to their many sins and their numerous spiritual responsibilities. In our text, the apostle Paul addresses those who have repented of their sins and believed on the Lord Jesus Christ for their salvation, and he exhorts them not to sleep as do others, but to be watchful and sober. They are not to live like they used to live, nor are they to live as others continue to do. They are not to be characterized by sleepy reticence to arouse themselves to prepare for the coming of the great day of the Lord. A false assurance of salvation produces a sleepy, drowsy, inert spiritual life; a well-founded assurance thrives on involvement in the means of grace and the pursuit of likeness to Christ.




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