Note from Jesus
Wake up. It’s nearly dawn. Put on your clothes. It’s time for living in the daylight.
Paul chose powerful images for today’s passage from his letter to the Roman Christians. It’s as if someone is trying to rouse a sleeping friend who can’t quite “come awake” at the beginning of the day. But it’s time to wake up, get up, and get dressed because the new day is starting.
Paul’s message was written about My return and the sense of urgency needed by the Christians in Rome. This verse captures Paul’s sentiment well:
The darkness of night is dissolving as dawn’s light draws near, so walk out on your old dark life and put on the armor of light.
Also, notice this glorious promise in another truth Paul wrote for those early Christians:
[S]alvation is nearer to us than when we first believed.
Here’s the point: if you are truly My disciple, you must live like it. Walk your talk. Practice what you preach. Reach for what you pray. Remember that life is fragile and transient. Expect that I could return at any moment.
My return will be joyous for those who are Mine and already living in eager expectation of My return. For those who are not, this passage is a wake-up call, a sounding alarm clock, and a powerful reminder that I AM coming. You want to be ready when I arrive. Be a living sacrifice offering yourself to God (Romans 12:1-2). Live as a person whose heart and mind have been remade by your conversion. Live as a person whose heart is captured by the amazing grace of the Father. Stay away from “dark living” and do not fuel your “sinful imagination” with thoughts of depraved rebellion. Wrap yourself in Me!
Verses to Live
In the section in his Roman letter on practical Christian living, Paul used various metaphors. He began this last section of his letter urging the Roman Christians and you to live as sacrifices and to be transformed (Romans 12:1-2). He then talked about you Christians being My body (Romans 12:4-5; 1 Corinthians 12:27). In today’s verses, he used the familiar images of darkness representing evil while light represents things that are good and holy. The call is to wake up and live in the light.
And now consider this. You know well the times you are living in. It is time for you to wake up and see what is right before your eyes: for salvation is nearer to us now than when we first believed. The darkness of night is dissolving as dawn’s light draws near, so walk out on your old dark life and put on the armor of light. May we all act as good and respectable people, living today the same way as we will in the day of His coming. Do not fall into patterns of dark living: wild partying, drunkenness, sexual depravity, decadent gratification, quarreling, and jealousy. Instead, wrap yourselves in the Lord Jesus, God’s Anointed, and do not fuel your sinful imagination by indulging your self-seeking desire for the pleasures of the flesh.
Response in Prayer
Almighty God, forgive me for piddling around with my life of faith and procrastinating about living with holy devotion. I commit to living with urgency and anticipation of Jesus’ return and pray for Your forgiveness for the times when I have not done so. In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen.
‘A Year with Jesus’ is written by Phil Ware.
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