Asleep at the wheel

Have you ever gotten real drowsy while driving? That’s the worst. What can you do? Open a window, crack a red bull, blast some lame music, slap yourself? Have you ever pulled up next to someone while doing that? You look crazy. The National Sleep Foundation reports that 30 % of us do not get enough sleep and that 28% say have fallen asleep driving. Unfortunately, falling asleep at the wrong time can cost you your life. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, drowsy drivers were involved in 100,000 accidents that resulted in more than 1,500 deaths and 40,000 injuries last year in this country. Studies show that people who drive after being awake for 18 hours perform no differently than drivers with a 0.08 blood-alcohol level, the legal standard for drunken driving. Since at 55 mph you cover ½ a football field in 4 seconds, nodding off for just a moment can be disastrous.

A while back Mercedes-Benz’s announced a new feature called Attention Assist drowsiness detection system which “has a sensitive feel for its driver’s attentiveness, using highly sensitive sensors that continuously monitor more than 70 different parameters.” The system comes with an audible warning accompanied by a visual warning in the instrument cluster and warns you of drowsiness if it detects that you are falling asleep. And after all that if you still don’t wake up, it actually just engages autopilot and drives you to a Starbucks…jk but that would be cool.

Similarly there are those who are spiritually asleep at the wheel of life. Some of us need a drowsiness alert for our souls! In the New Testament, sleeping can be used to describe those who are physically dead, and those who haven’t put faith in Christ. It can also refer to a lazy, non-aggressive Christian life. Saved but slumbering. Where you are not getting after it, toying with sin, flirting with compromise, and going through the motions of serving the Lord. It is to those in this category that Paul writes to in Romans 13:11-12:

This is all the more urgent, for you know how late it is; time is running out. Wake up, for our salvation is nearer now than when we first believed. The night is almost gone; the day of salvation will soon be here. So remove your dark deeds like dirty clothes, and put on the shining armor of right living.

He wants us to see how urgent it is that we quit hitting the snooze button and get out of bed. We need to start taking our walk with God seriously. Begin loving the people around us like crazy. Dig into the Word like we believe that it came from the very mouth of God–because it did! And we need to do what we can to reach the lost before it is too late. Remember, this life will be over before you know it and only what is done for Christ will last. Wake up!