Sleep is your superpower | Matt Walker

5 min read. 20 min video.

One of my earliest blog posts was on sleep. The heading was/is, Grace and the beauty of sleep. You can read it here. I had stumbled on this truth about sleep—that within the Christian scriptures, God spoke to people in their sleep. God, very few times spoke to people who were wide awake. The message of the post was to encourage us to relax a bit. Take it easy. Go to sleep and let God do the night shift.

Sleep is a fundamental gospel truth, and this truth is a thread that runs throughout the Christian scriptures. In my earlier post, I highlighted instances of sleep and the results. For example, in the garden, when God wanted to give Adam a wife, he put him to sleep. When God wanted to give his son, Jesus, a new wife, he put him to sleep. Jesus’ last act was sleep—death—and in his sleep, the new creation (bride) was born and fully became operational when the Holy Spirit descended on the bride in Acts 2.

This sleeping is a metaphor for rest. The Christian gospel offers rest to weary souls. Jesus offers rest to people tired from trying to earn their acceptance and approval from God and others. And even when they become Christians, they continue resting on—believing in him and not their performance or good works. And this continues on to day to day living—when it comes to receiving good things from God, be they finances, influence, creative ideas, relationships, jobs, healing, etc. we receive them when we are at rest.

No other faith worldview offers this rest as the Christian gospel does. Every other faith worldview says to its adherents—work your way to God. Only the Christian gospel says this—God has worked his way to you and for you, rest.

This TED talk by Matt Walker, an English scientist, and professor of neuroscience and psychology at the University of California, Berkeley, is fascinating and more so points to a greater spiritual truth, the gospel of grace. I heard echoes of the gospel of grace and I thought I should share.

You get to, hopefully, hear those echoes too.

Watch the talk here.

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The poor blind guy

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Mark and Luke wrote this fascinating narrative about three men who came to Jesus and the different responses Jesus gave to each one of them. These writers, through these real-life stories, share with us who gets to experience God’s grace—God’s unconditional love.  

In two previous posts, here and here, I wrote about the good guy and the Christian guy. Jesus had contrasting responses to these two. 

This post is about the third guy in the narrative—the poor blind guy. Who was he? What did he do that made heaven ground to a halt? And what do we need to do as good moral people or as Christian people to get heaven to act on our behalf, especially when we are in need?

Let’s find out.

Who is this guy?

Mark, names him. His name, Bartimaeus, the son of Timaeus.

As Jesus and his entourage near Jericho, fresh from meeting the good moral guy, they meet Bartimaeus. Bartimaeus sat by the road. He was blind and poor. As Jesus passed by, Bartimaeus heard a loud commotion from the crowd. Thinking it was his lucky day, he asked a person in the crowd what the commotion was all about. The person told him Jesus of Nazareth was passing by. Instinctively, and without hesitation he cried out, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” Then those who went before warned him he should be quiet; but he cried out all the more, “Son of David, have mercy on me!”, Luke records.

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The Christian​ guy

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My last post titled the good guy, the Christian guy, and the poor guy was about the good guy who came to Jesus and fronted his CV. laden with moralistic achievements, and how Jesus added some more to-do things on his list. The added weight crushed him and brought him to the end of himself. I explained this is what Jesus sets out to do to good moral people. He makes us come to the end of ourselves and encounter grace.

Now let’s focus on the Christian guy.

Immediately after the conversation with Jesus and the good moral guy had ended, Peter, one with the loudest mouth in the group spoke up and said this, “We’ve left our homes to follow you.” Jesus replied with one word, “Yes,” Here I can imagine Jesus looking at Peter with his eyebrows raised and giving him the “like soooo? Really, Peter? Really? Not you as well.”

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Joshua Harris and the sexual prosperity gospel

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In April 2018, I wrote a post titled, On Dating and being a Virgin. Check out the post here. Basically, the premise of the post was this—most, if not all teaching in the church on chastity is reduced to this idea—if you are chaste and pure, preferably a virgin, God will bless you with a Christian spouse, mind-blowing sex, and marital bliss forever. This is what Christian singles constantly hear from the pulpits and from well-meaning couples married for many years.

I received comments for and against my post that made me realize this was a hot button issue among Christian singles.

I argued in that post that 1) It is unscriptural to teach or preach that, 2) It is unlivable and unrealistic because we live in a fallen world, 3) Chastity is no guarantee that you will succeed or fail in marriage, and 4) Even if you were a failure sexually, God can still bless your marriage. That God works with failures for his glory.

I came across this post, recently, from Katelyn Beaty who succinctly captured the arguments I had put forward on my post and in a good way exposed the flip side of the “prosperity gospel.” This flip side she called “the sexual prosperity gospel.”

It is a short post and it’ll free you from the clutches of religion—religion in the sense of if I am a good Christian, God will bless me, and free you into the gospel—the gospel in the sense of God is good to me because of the work of Jesus on the cross on my behalf despite my sexual failings. It is not about my performance or lack of it, however, it is all about Jesus and his performance on my behalf.

That’s what grace looks like

Enjoy Katelyn Beaty’s post. 

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