"Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory: Receiving the end of your faith, even the salvation of your souls."
1 Peter 1:8-9 (KJV)
1 Peter 1:8-9 (KJV)
The Hour of the Sober Saints
1 Peter 1:13 (KJV)
13 Wherefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and hope to the end for the grace that is to be brought unto you at the revelation of Jesus Christ;
1 Thessalonians 5:6 (KJV)
Therefore let us not sleep, as do others; but let us watch and be sober.
Ephesians 5:18 (KJV)
And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit
God instructs us to be Sober, to be aware, to be vigilant. This does not necessarily always mean sober from substances or alcohol, but sober from all distractions. Nothing offers more distractions, nor have there ever been more distractions than there are in today’s society that we live in.
God even tells us why in a timeless answer saying:
1 Peter 5:8 (KJV)
Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:
However, you may ask yourself, “why does God care about our attention, our sobriety, our alertness in a world that is not our home and that is beyond our control?”
The answer is that when you are drunken, you may stumble. When you are not aware of what is going on around you, what the enemy has placed in your path, we become easy to be stopped. Asking why a Christian needs to be sober in this world is like asking why you would need to be sober from alcohol in a calculus class. The answer is obvious.
The Types of Drunkenness:
Substances: Alcohol, Drugs, Medication
Today we have more intoxicating substances than ever before at our disposal because we are the leading drug consuming nation in the world. Both legal and illegal substances equal in the billions of dollars profit each in our nation, yet we are also considered to be the leading Christian nation in the world.
Although we lead the world in the financial support of non-profits and ministry as the most generous and prosperous nation, we also lead the world in money spent on drugs and other substances. According to the CDC, excessive drinking is draining the U.S. economy. Alcohol is responsible for 2.8 million premature deaths each year world wide. Do you think all of those individuals though before they consumed their drug of choice were ready to meet their maker face to face? Not likely! Like many they probably thought they had time to “get their life straight and get old”!
Complacency: Convenience, Laziness, Selfishness
Along with the highest amount of drunkenness in our country the world has ever seen, we also have the highest amount of complacency I have ever witnessed. People everywhere are wrapped up in the complacency of convenience and laziness
We live in a microwave society. Here in America as in many Western World countries, we want things now with no waiting. God doesn’t move on our timing, He moves on His and many times we get inpatient. We want an answer now and God’s methods require faith. I can’t tell you how many times I have grown inpatient or weary, only for God to be perfect in His timing and come to the rescue. It has taught me some valuable lessons about waiting upon the Lord.
Selfishness is also a huge character flaw that I see largely in today’s society. As carnal human beings having a natural sin nature, we have always and will continue to have a tendency to be selfish as long as we are in our flesh bodies. The old saying is, “if I don’t take care of me, who will?” The truth is that God takes care of us and if he can feed the birds even though they do not produce their own food such as according to Matthew 6:26-34, why can’t He take care of our needs. This however requires us to be vigilant and stay alert. While the birds don’t necessarily produce, just by observing you can see that it is evident they are certainly not lazy! However, the type of selfishness I see today that our society is drunk off of is that of self-care, interest, hobbies, and so forth. While it is true that the best work for God comes out of the activities and living every day life, how much more could people see the Jesus in you if every now and then you reached out to serve someone in a bad situation, a church member in need, or that lost individual who needs a helping hand?
So, don’t get caught up in the drunkenness of complacency, the allure of convenience and the bad habit of laziness or selfishness.
Distraction: Media, Politics, Sports, Money, Interests & Entertainment
Going back to 1 Peter 1:13, we may ask what exactly is God saying here?
One version says it like this, “preparing your mind,” and another “think clearly and exercise self-control.”
Being that we were all once in sin even if we are now saved, therefore we are former drunkards, it takes the work of the Spirit as well as self-control to keep us away from drunkenness.
However, notice that the midnight hour is upon us!
Take a look at the Parable of the 10 Virgins and compare it to modern times.
Matthew 25:6 (KJV)
And at midnight there was a cry made, Behold, the bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet him.
Why would the enemy desire for us to be in this “drunkenness” and not ready for our groom’s return?
It’s clear my friends that the enemy desires above all that we not make this meeting in the air and eternal life. The enemy wishes for us to be distracted so like the virgins with unlit lamps, we also get left behind.
Don’t be the unprepared virgin, but be the bride who is prepared, ready, and on full display of her beauty at the arrival of her bridegroom.
How Do We Become Ready?:
1.) We Must Seek the Lord!
2.) We Must Remain Holy!
3.) Protect Our Minds and Hearts
4.) Spread The Gospel
As we saw in Matthew 25:6, we are certainly in the midnight hour, a time of awaiting the Lord's return. It draws near my friends, but many are still drunken and not sober. What is the most popular time to be drunken? I would say it is around midnight when people often begin to lose all sobriety and continually be under the influence of other things. If today is the midnight hour and mankind seeks to be drunken with worldly things, we should seek the opposite and run to God. If our focus is on Him and remaining focused on what is going on around us, we won't have time for drunken games, influence, and the stumbling blocks of the enemy. We will be ready for the return of our groom as the bride of Christ!