Reading: Romans 13: 11-14
Verse 11: The hour has come for you to wake up from your slumber.
Paul opens today’s passage with this great line: “The hour has come for you to wake up from your slumber”. For Paul, his faith always seemed to carry a sense of urgency. Not only did Paul live each day like it could be his last, but he wanted all believers to do so as well. Not only that, but Paul also lived with this urgency that each day may be a non-believer’s last day so they needed to be saved now.
If today were your last day, would you live it any differently than any other day? If we are living as Paul implores us to – clothed in Jesus Christ – then, no, we would not live today any differently. Although deep down we know this should be our answer to the question, the reality for most of us is that we’d live the day very differently.
When we hear and ponder the words “wake up from your slumber” all of our minds can quickly come up with some things that we should wake up from. Paul is talking about our faith in today’s passage and if we limit it to that topic, even then we could all come up with a thing or two. Or more. Even though we know deep down… we procrastinate, we think “tomorrow…”, we… Just like that exercise regimen or that diet plan, we say we will get to that at the start of next week and a month later we still have not begun to read our Bible each morning or to pray each night before heading off to sleep.
Paul writes, “our salvation is nearer now…” While this is absolutely true, too many of us fail to live like it is true. Even the greatest of saints alive today could name a thing or two that would better or more fully “clothe yourself with the Lord Jesus Christ”. Surely we can too. May we step out into the light and surely and steadfastly “put on the armor of light” as we live out our faith each and every day.