Here is a true story…

Napoleon Bonaparte made a lonely surprise visit one night to the outpost sentries on one of the vital positions of his battlefield.

Stealthily he moved along in the gray light of the morning. One sentry after another immediately challenged him.

Finally, the crafty warrior stole up to a strategic spot. There was no sentry to challenge him.

The wily Napoleon moved closer and saw a pair of boots protruding from under a shock of corn and a rifle propped beside them.

He made no comment – just picked up the rifle and himself stood guard, waiting for the awakening of the snoozing soldier.

Finally, the corn stirred, and up jumped the guilty defender and grabbed for the gun that was gone.

Can you imagine his confusion and chagrin? What a bitter and shattering experience – caught napping by Napoleon!

Now here’s the clincher…when Jesus returns will He find us sleeping when we should have been vigilant. How ashamed we will be when we find out we are sleeping and not going about bringing in the harvest.

Romans 13:11-14

And that, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep: for now is our salvation nearer than when we believed.

The night is far spent, the day is at hand: let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armour of light.

Let us walk honestly, as in the day; not in rioting and drunkenness, not in chambering and wantonness, not in strife and envying.

But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh, to fulfil the lusts thereof.

Awake church! There is much to do before He comes!

Awake, I say!