Romans 13-16: It's Time to Wake Up!

And do this, understanding the present time: The hour has already come for you to wake up from your slumber, because our salvation is nearer now than when we first believed. The night is nearly over; the day is almost here.

So let us put aside the deeds of darkness and put on the armor of light. Let us behave decently, as in the daytime, not in carousing and drunkenness, not in sexual immorality and debauchery, not in dissension and jealousy. Rather, clothe yourselves with the Lord Jesus Christ, and do not think about how to gratify the desires of the flesh.

 

Romans 13:11-14, NIV

 

One of the things that I like about reading the Word of God is that it gets right to the point. In the case of the passage above, Paul simply points out that it is later than we think. Therefore, it is time to wake up and get to the work that God has put us here to do.

 

In order to accomplish that, we are going to have to stop sinning. In addition to sin's other harmful attributes, it has a way of distracting us from the task at hand. It's like a really cool video game in the hands of a bored adolescent (whether that "adolescent" be fifteen or fifty). Anyone who has ever been involved in such activities knows that they can be very absorbing. They have a way of making time seem to stand still when in fact it is flying by. Just ask any teenager who decided to play "just one last game" before studying for that big test how much time can actually be wasted. Ask the same teenager after going to the test unprepared because of his play time and, if he is honest, he will admit that he could have made better use of his time.

 

Now, compare that to Paul's inspired instructions above. He warns us that our time is indeed running out, that our salvation is nearer now than we first believed. How devastating this will be for those who had planned on getting prepared for the Judgment, only to find out that they had frittered their time away on sinful pursuits. Of course, one of the saddest things about this harmful effect of sin is that it not only takes away time that we could have been preparing ourselves, but also time away from helping others achieve their goal of salvation. So, what's the point?

 

Wake up, before it's too late!

 

The readings for the next few days will be from the final four chapters of Romans. They are chock full of ways in which we may better prepare ourselves for the life we were created for.