What does it mean to be “woke”? Have you heard the word tossed out of the mouths of cable television pundits, authors, and maybe even your kids or grandkids?
I’m sure it will be retired soon enough, like some of your favorite ‘90s slang words and phrases: “phat”, “da bomb,” and “You go, girl!”
To millennials, the word “woke” represents something of importance. Just like those who were twenty-somethings in the ‘80s, “woke” is a way to express self-awareness.
So, what does “woke” mean? It is the state of being “aware of and actively attentive to important facts and issues of the day. It’s being an insider to what’s going on in a conflicted world.”
The world can attempt to be woke all it wants, but I think Christians have the upper hand on being in-tune to truth or “woke” with what is really important. Do you remember what Jesus said about truth and guidance?
“When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth, for he will not speak on his own authority, but whatever he hears he will speak, and he will declare to you the things that are to come.He will glorify me, for he will take what is mine and declare it to you.All that the Father has is mine; therefore I said that he will take what is mine and declare it to you” (John 16:13-15).
Are you attentive to the Holy Spirit? Can you hear him when he guides your thoughts, words, and actions? Charles Spurgeon once said:
“There are thoughts that dwell in our minds that were not born there but which were exotics brought from heaven and put there by the Spirit. It is not a fancy that angels whisper into our ears and that devils do the same—both good and evil spirits hold converse with men. And some of us have known it. We have had strange thoughts which were not the offspring of our souls, but which came from angelic visitors. And direct temptations and evil insinuations have we had which were not brewed in our own souls, but which came from the poisonous cauldron of hell!
So the Spirit speaks in men’s ears, sometimes in the darkness of the night. In ages gone by, He spoke in dreams and visions, but now He speaks by His word. Have you not, at times, had unaccountably in the middle of your business, a thought concerning God and heavenly things and could not tell from where it came? Have you not been reading or studying the Scripture but a text came across your mind and you could not help it? Though you even put it down, it was like cork in water and would swim up again to the top of your mind! Well, that good thought was put there by the Spirit.”
I believe the concept of spiritual “woke”-ness may have been missing in Spurgeon’s time and is sadly missing in our time too. It can only come from the people of God who follow hard after the Son of God and listen intently to the Spirit of God.
So, Christian, are you spiritually woke? Don’t miss out on watching our big, glorious God move to change the world. He wants you and me, wherever we are, to watch him and join him in that work.