Coffee, coffee… where is the carafe? I scrub the crusty collection of hardened sleep from my eyes and shake myself awake. Yep, it is another one of those mornings. There seems to be nothing special about it, and I don’t see anything in the next few hours that is going to differentiate it or set it apart from every other interval of space and time. I then start to drag myself, quite unwillingly I must tell you, to the bathroom mirror and I make a shocking discovery. Well….I can’t believe it, but it looks like I have officially turned into a zombie. I am the Christian Undead.
Crazy metaphor and imagery aside, there are a lot of people out there that are just plodding along, dragging one leg behind themselves, with their heads held low and wearing a blank expression; and they just resemble a zombie with a dead lifestyle. People, and what seemingly appears to be strong ones as well, have let themselves become devoid of joy. The public at large is executing an anger filled, self-seeking, glutinous, love-less, joy-less life. They can be seen everywhere. You probably have some of those folks in your family, your workplace, your church and in the businesses you frequent. They are the undead; dead in their own works, in their sin and in their rejection of the truth; Individuals that trudge along making no impact and making no waves either. This is an epidemic of sad people who are just stuck in their self-induced trance.
So, what’s a person to do when they have the glassy-eyed thousand yard stare? What can someone do to shake the malaise off of their countenance and re-engage into God’s world around them? You must become Alive In Christ!
The first two things you should do when you are in a funk is:
1. Remember that you are Alive in Christ!
2. Start serving immediately!
Starting with these two things will get you on the right track and burn a fire in your belly for you, God, and your life around you.
In the book of Ephesians 2:4-6 it says: ” But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved—and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus,”
Man,what a life! So, even though we continued to sin and sin, fall away from Him, turn our backs on God and worship the creations instead of the creator, if we choose Christ, we are delivered from our self-destructive, selfish life, and placed right next to our Savior in paradise. If there is a better after-life plan, I’ve never heard of it.
Sometimes, when we have walked a while with the Lord, we can get into a rut; and a groove can develop under our feet. We wake up the same time, drive to work the same way, eat the same foods, attend the same events and so on. We can get used to our “niche” in life and we allow ourselves to be lulled in to a waking sleep. If not remedied, we lose focus on what God is doing around us and within us. The cure-all for this condition? : Remembering that we are Alive in Christ.
When we start to ponder all the blessings that Jesus imparted unto us by making His sacrifice on the cross, we die to ourselves and our own machinations, and we start to crucify our flesh, a radical awakening begins to take root. The desire to live only for Christ while seeking His will for our lives begins to burn so brightly within us that we feel it in our bones. We wake wanting to live for Him and we lay our heads down at night thinking about what we will do for Him tomorrow. Suddenly, when the alarm blasts in the morning, you arise refreshed and willing to take on all that God has for that day.
Another fantastic rut-busting principle is to start serving others. Go down and sign up to clean your church. Ask the food shelter if you can donate some of your time. Start taking a few hours a week to pray for the people in your church. These are all ideas that can transform you into a servant of God and take the focus off of you and your needs. When we esteem others better than ourselves, we begin to release the Joy of knowing that you were God’s servant that day; and that is a wonderful sensation of knowing you denied yourself for a while and put someone before you and yours(Phil 2:3 NKJV).
Alright, if you start to notice that you’re dragging a leg behind you and your facial expression seems a little dim, take the time to shake yourself out of that Zombie-like melancholy. Today, start to refuse to walk like the Christian undead and become more alive in Christ. Your family, and the whole world will notice that something is alive in you and will desperately want to know why.
The Great Plains Poet, alive in Christ, resurrected from the dead and servant to all.
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The Lifeless Stare Of The Undead
by Chris T.
I have suddenly become aware,
Of a terrible great affair.
That begins anew each morn,
Shortly after a new day is born.
The mirror is reflecting the same lifeless face,
And the mask I maintain no longer has grace.
For, the groove I have worn in this race called life,
Has made a deep wound cut with a rusty knife.
Now, there is no doubt that I walk around dead,
And a lone tear I can’t even shed,
Because the truth of it all,
Is I’ve lost the point of this long haul.
Days run together and events turn the same,
With no more effort needed for my never coming fame.
For my lone fortune I continue to seek,
Forsaking my brother who’s frail and weak.
In the dust of my memory I remember a time,
When I wasn’t afraid to put aside my climb,
And give of myself to those in need,
Of resources, help, kind words or deed.
When the room grows dark I think of that past,
remembering the blessings many and vast.
If only I could shake this life of dread,
And the zombie like stare of the undead.