A couple of weeks ago, I shared a message with the Young Professional group entitled, “The Walking Dead.” It’s a pretty popular television show. I’ve never seen an episode, but I have good friends that watch it and enjoy it. The origins of this message came partly from my small knowledge about zombies and from a song from my favorite indie band (The Pomegranates) called “1993”.
The main Scripture text in the message is below:
Carefully determine what pleases the Lord. Take no part in the worthless deeds of evil and darkness; instead, expose them. It is shameful even to talk about the things that ungodly people do in secret. But their evil intentions will be exposed when the light shines on them, for the light makes everything visible. This is why it is said, “Awake, O sleeper, rise up from the dead, and Christ will give you light.” So be careful how you live. Don’t live like fools, but like those who are wise. Make the most of every opportunity in these evil days. Don’t act thoughtlessly, but understand what the Lord wants you to do. Don’t be drunk with wine, because that will ruin your life.
Ephesians 5:10-17 NLT
I’ve met a lot of people that sleepwalk through life, sleepwalk through their jobs, sleepwalk through school, and sleepwalk through their marriage. It’s so sad because they are missing out on so much in life. Too many people are moving slowly and aimlessly, having no clue where to go in life and are missing out on a vibrant, exuberant, passion-filled and adventurous life that God wants to take them on.
If you feel like you’ve been sleepwalking through life; aimlessly going through the motions then I want to challenge you to wake up. Wake up to the power. Wake up to the love. Wake up to the wonder. Wake up to the life that God has given you. This is not some plea to be more charismatic and boisterous. My prayer is that God would open your eyes to see the colors and beauty of life
How Do We Become The Walking Dead?
Lack of Intentionality
Our Christian life should not be this carefree, freewheeling lifestyle, but one that should be lived with diligence. We should be attentive, conscientious, meticulous and deliberate in our spiritual formation. How do we become intentional? Get discipled. Get a mentor. Get around godly people. Listen to worship music. Podcast some dynamic messages. We are called to be productive! If that’s going to happen we must be careful with our use of time. Do you feel your time up with non-essential things? To make the most of every opportunity means to make a wise use of your time. You want the things you do every day to be productive and helpful to your spirit-man, not destructive and wasteful.
Living With Pain in Our Soul
(Plot Spoiler) At the end of the movie World War Z, we discover that the zombies wouldn’t attack someone who had a life-threatening illness. You had to be infected with a life-threatening virus in order to survive the zombie apocalypse. They could sense that you were dying so they left you alone. You had to be dying on the inside to walk among them. Application? Holding on to pain in your past makes you walk among the dead. When you’re dying on the inside you’re on way to a zombie-like life. You’ve got to learn how to properly heal when you get wounded. We’re all bound to get hurt at some point in our life. Those who take the proper steps to get healed will find themselves in a better position than those who tried to mask the pain and keep moving in life.
Exhaustion from Living Your Own Way
I love verse 17 in this passage: Understand What the Lord Wants You To Do. God cares about what’s going on in our hearts. In any decision we have the opportunity to choose who we will worship. Will we worship God or will we worship ourselves? God wants to be the highest priority in every part of our lives. Above all things He wants us to know Him. Some folks are so tired because they’re trying to spend all their time and energy trying to live life their own way.
I’ll leave you with a Scripture. John 10:10, “The thief’s purpose is to steal and kill and destroy. My purpose is to give them a rich and satisfying life.” Jesus came to give us life. Why should we live like a zombie? I’m Harold Dorrell Briscoe and I’m on your side. Thanks for reading.