Stay woke

"When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd." Matthew 9:36

"I never sleep, cause sleep is the cousin of death." So goes the Nas lyric. Is it true? Well Nas the rapper certainly sleeps, because he's a creature. But when you sleep, you're oblivious to the world, and therefore more susceptible to danger. So yes, in a sense sleep is a sort of next of kin to death.

Maybe you've never heard this saying before, but you've probably heard the term sheeple. It's a derogatory word used to belittle folks who are easily led astray, the gullible masses as compared to the relatively few, self-declared "woke" ones. In a sense Jesus also saw people as sheeple, but he didn't look down on them. He had compassion on them. He saw their helpless wanderings, felt their lostness, and was moved to help.

What sort of help did he offer? "He began to teach them" (Mark 6:34). They needed knowledge, but not knowledge of earthly injustices or conspiracies. They needed spiritual shepherding in matters of eternal importance. No matter how "woke" you think you are, if your eyes are shut to the majestic living God and the reality of your guilt before him, you are fatally sleeping, and death stalks you.

In the very next verse, Jesus turned to his disciples and said, "The harvest is plentiful." In other words, the wandering people were ready for this kind of shepherding. The Great Commission was given to Paul in these words: "I am sending you to open their eyes" (Acts 26:17-18). The preaching of the gospel is the real "woke" movement and the only one that wakes up dead souls and makes them live forever.

May the Lord help us to see lost and tossed people as a great harvest of souls.