1 Thessalonians 5:6
Therefore let us not sleep, as do others; but let us watch and be sober.
The apostle sounds a note of warning. Men should attend.
I. THERE IS A DIVINE PURPOSE IN EVERY MAN'S LIFE. We do not come into this world by accident, necessity, nor our own choice. We are sent, and, therefore, we have some distinct mission to fulfil. It is the duty of every man to love God, to watch the interests and good of His universe. This is what He sent us for.
II. THERE IS A DIVINE LIMIT TO EVERY MAN'S LIFE. It is but "a day." Sleep is the time for dreams. It is the season of darkness. He who sleeps knows nothing as it really is, and is, for the most part, insensible to pleasure or pain. Our time is unsuitable for sleep. It is too short. It is too full of duties. It is the only time wherein they can be discharged. Spiritual sleep is sin, death — and God calls us to awake. There is a business to be done in our mortal life which cannot be done hereafter.
Parallel VersesKJV: Therefore let us not sleep, as do others; but let us watch and be sober.