In this sermon, our founding pastor, W. Graham Smith, talks about discipline in our devotional life and what it means to have a wakeful heart. Here are some excerpts:

“…But what distinguishes the Christian from the worldly is this — while the Christian does his daily toil conscientiously and well, concentrating upon it and working hard — nevertheless, at the same time, his heart is awake toward God.”


“To say that a person’s heart is awake toward God simply means that his subconscious self is…”


“Our Lord said, “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God”; and it is in such moments of devotion that we really see God, and then go back into the world to help others to see Him too.”

“The point is this, by short, frequent acts of devotion you bring your whole personality…”

The Wakeful Heart

“You remember how Henry Drummond so arrestingly stated this great truth. He said, “The Christian life is like a club in which the entrance fee is absolutely nothing, but the annual subscription is everything you’ve got!””

“There are people, alas, in every church, who are industrious in everything except the cultivation and nurture of their soul. Even as we recognize that salvation is entirely the gift of God, we also remember, and it is a sobering thought, that Jesus taught that we must ask and seek and knock; and method and discipline in our devotional life is just the…”


A Wakeful Heart. Graham has a lot more to say about this topic. If you would like to learn more, please download and read the attached transcript of the sermon, as the above excerpts do not even scratch the surface. If you would like to do a word search on the transcript, download the file, and then open the file with your web browser after downloading and use your browser’s find feature.


June 11, 1989

Song of Solomon 5:2

Rev. W. Graham Smith

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