[Diocesian Metropolitan of Quilon Diocese - Malankara Orthodox Church]


Holy Scripture provides many citations from the Old and New Testament that explain and exhort to arise and stand-up to do some acts. These are the commandments of God to His people who are His servants and to those who stand with Him. These are the divine enticement of the Spirit of God to the multitude of His believers who are the chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation and His own people. Arise; stand erect in His great might with all His strength endued.

Which are the fields from which we should be arisen? Let us peep through a few of these scripture references and background for the precepts bearing on the fundamental obligations to subdue to the commandments of God Almighty to raise oneself or to rise up.

  1. Arise from the Sleep of the Sin:
    Arise out of thy sleep of trespasses and sins. "Awake, thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give thee light." [Eph. 5:14]. Samson, the man chosen by the God, yielded to the entreaties of his wife Dalila and confessed the source of his strength to her. The paramour treacherously causes his locks to be shorn and he falls helpless into the hands of the Philistines who gouged out his eyes and cast him into prison. At this helpless condition of being blind and in chain, the lady tells Samson, 'Arise Samson from the sleep, The Philistines are upon you!' But Samson could not arise as the Spirit of God departed him and he grew weak. This status is true for many people in this world. They lost their vigour in Spirit, grew weak and became blind so that they cannot arise even at the exhortation to arise. Adversary had made many eyes blind so that they cannot see the light or arise and stand to act. The Spirit of God entices us to arise from this treacherous scenario. Arise from the sleep of trespasses and sins.

  2. Arise, eat and be strengthened:
    Prophet Elijah who had very successfully accomplished his mission at the brook Cherith, in the city of the widow of Zarephath and on mount Carmel, hereupon fled in a great fright for his life into the wilderness for fear of the wicked Queen Jezebel who threatened to kill Elijah with an oath and imprecation. He sat down under the shadow of a juniper tree and requested for himself that he might die, and said, "It is enough; now, O Lord, take my life, for I am not better than my fathers." While he laid down and slept under a juniper tree, an angel of God touched him and told Elijah, 'Arise and eat'. He was awakened out of his sleep, and well provided for him with bread and water.

    In order to arise out of the sleep of our iniquities, a sinner needs the nourishment and strength from God. Jesus Christ is continuously working through His anointed ones to bring out many out of the bondage of their sins. Due to desperation or for any other reason, many of the spiritual fathers who are appointed to the mission of God are now sleeping and found sluggish. Spirit of God who talked with Elijah is talking to us also to arise, eat and be strengthened to show great diligence so as to realize the full assurance of hope. God urge us of the need to be stimulated to preserve in the same diligence.

  3. Arise and Pray:
    The ship in which prophet Jonah was tossed was in danger of wreckage and was about to break up in the strong rage of a mighty tempest. The mariners, every man, cried to his god of their country, city or their personal deity for deliverance from the great danger. But, Jonah, the servant of the True God of Heaven who created the sea and the land and who received commission from God to go and prophesy against Nineveh had gone below into the hold of the ship and fell sound asleep, unconcerned of the scenario. The captain of the ship approached him and said, 'Arise and pray to your God.' While the entire creation who is summoned to the knee of the creator, pray in great distress and despair, The God of heaven and Earth is commanding His own people in an unspoken tongue to arise and pray lest we should be perished.

  4. Arise and shine:
    In the Book of Isaiah, Chapter 60 it says; 'Arise, shine; for thy light is come, and the glory of the Lord is risen upon thee.' God is the father and fountain of lights, and it is in his light that we shall see light. Christ had promised us that He will not leave us as orphans or comfortless and He will come to us and would continue His care of us. The long continuance of the church to be enlightened and shone upon, even unto the utmost ages of time, was there promised. It was the promise of the fruits of the Word and Spirit to enjoy a profound peace and tranquility. The leaders of the Society in every walk of life, both spiritual and secular, should entice their followers to arise and shine in their fields being all righteous so that they know the Lord and rejoice in His great goodness; and upon the accounts their light came.

  5. Arise, Let us go:
    Jesus told His disciples that He will be held by the hands of the Jews, persecuted, crucified and will be arisen from the dead. He called them 'Arise, Let us go'. Normally at this type of moments we fall into a dilemma without knowing what to do. Call of Jesus was to go to Gethsemane to embrace and share the sufferings awaited for Him. Many people can not act at this type of moments except that they may be capable only for crying or retreating to prayer for the deliberation of the depth and breadth of the saying. But Jesus was not at all confused; very daringly He went forward to face all hardships as per the will of His Father. This type of an invitation was offered to His disciples after making them the partakers of the holy and divine mystery during the last supper session in the Upper Room. Jesus also revealed them there, about all the hardships and persecutions they had to suffer.

Whatever may be our field of action in the mission of our Lord or whatever may be the commission we are called for, one or more of above calls, to arise and act, is applicable to all of us. To arise and act, is the greatest need of the time for the Holy Church of God. This is the time, for those who became slave of sin and engaged in evil doings, to arise from their deadly sleep of sin. This is the time, for those who are desperate and whose souls languish and grow weak, to arise and get nourished with the bread from heaven. This is the time, for those who migrated from the presence of God and deviated from the true path, to arise and pray to avoid devastation. As Jesus was the light of the world, we are exhorted to become the light of this world. If we are confined to the darkness of this world, this is the time to arise and shine and to become the light in the society around us. Apostle St. Paul instructed the Philippians to prove themselves to be blameless and innocent children of God, above reproach, in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom they appear as lights in the world which is applicable to us also. [Philippians 2:15] If so, our efforts will not go vain and we will have the reason to glory holding in the day of Christ. We are urged to arise and go to crucify the members of our earthly body as dead, so as to resurrect with Jesus with a new body and new experiences with Christ.

Let God bless you all.

[Extract from Address delivered at Mid-Travancore Orthodox Convention 2005 : Original in Malayalam]
Reported by: E.S. George Prakkanam. Translation for LOL by: Dr. Rajan Mathew, Philadelphia, USA.
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