Summary: If we are not going to use the lights then we need to turn them off
Turn off the Lights When Not In Use
Scripture Reference: Mark 14:37-41
Mark 14:37 And he cometh, and findeth them sleeping, and saith unto Peter, Simon, sleepest thou? couldest not thou watch one hour? 38 Watch ye and pray, lest ye enter into temptation. The spirit truly is ready, but the flesh is weak. 39 And again he went away, and prayed, and spake the same words. 40 And when he returned, he found them asleep again, (for their eyes were heavy,) neither wist they what to answer him. 41 And he cometh the third time, and saith unto them, Sleep on now, and take your rest: it is enough, the hour is come; behold, the Son of man is betrayed into the hands of sinners.
There are several instances in the bible which record Jesus performing the miracle of making a person whole through having a relationship or relating to him. Have you ever really thought about what it means to make a person whole?
MT 9:22 But Jesus turned him about, and when he saw her, he said, Daughter, be of good comfort; thy faith hath made thee WHOLE. And the woman was made WHOLE from that hour.
MT 12:13 Then saith he to the man, Stretch forth thine hand. And he stretched it forth; and it was restored WHOLE, like as the other.
MT 14:36 And besought him that they might only touch the hem of his garment: and as many as touched were made perfectly WHOLE.
MT 15:28 Then Jesus answered and said unto her, O woman, great is thy faith: be it unto thee even as thou wilt. And her daughter was made WHOLE from that very hour.
MT 15:31 Insomuch that the multitude wondered, when they saw the dumb to speak, the maimed to be WHOLE, the lame to walk, and the blind to see: and they glorified the God of Israel.
We can really get a good idea about what being whole is by considering the scheme of an electrical board. When there is a break in the wire (switch off) there is no power flowing through the board. However when that switch is turned on and the circuit is complete (whole) the electrical appliance is truly ready to be used.
This is what Jesus does for us when he performs the miracle of making us whole. He reconnects us to the source so that we may be completely usable.
Some of us may think that we are broken because our lights are not shining so bright but I am here to let you know that it is not because you are broken you are simply not connected or turned off and need to be reconnected turned on again or (made whole).
It is one thing for the light to be off because the switch is turned off but it is truly another thing when the light is not working even when the switch is activated to the on position.
Any two year old could turn a light on with a flick of a switch but it takes a skilled professional to fix a broken circuit board.
In today’s passage of scripture I am comparing the act of being asleep with the state of a light being turned off
Although sleep is very important and necessary it absolutely must be done at the right place and time.
Sleep - A natural and periodic state of rest during which consciousness of the world is suspended (Word web)
When sleep is performed at an improper time and place it can be detrimental to your health as well as the health of those around you.
For instance when driving a car, cooking, on guard, while operating equipment (you make the list).
During this passage Jesus had asked the disciples to watch for him while he prayed.
However the disciples went to sleep
They realized that he was Jesus and they knew that he would probably forgive them for being disobedient
However there must have been something out there that Jesus wanted them to watch for while he was praying or he never would have asked them to do such a thing.
It must have been vital to the success of the ministry for those men to be obedient in order for the word of God to go forth as it was designed from the beginning of time.
There must have also been something that made the men feel so close to Jesus that they thought that they could disobey him and not even feel guilty about it because they did the same thing over and over again.
This is where many of us are now. Jesus has given us a simple command to execute and we are fully capable of making it happen but something is causing us to disobey