Get Up and Get Going! (1)

And that, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep: for now is our salvation nearer than when we believed.  The night is far spent, the day is at hand: let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armour of light.

Romans 13:11-12

The end of Romans chapter 13 is a challenge to Christians of all ages.  And, as we can see things pointing to the imminent return of the Lord Jesus, this challenge is even more important for us now than it was when the Apostle Paul first penned it.

“And that, knowing the time…”  We do know the time.  We can look around and see the world coming apart at the seams.  We can look at recent history and see prophecies being fulfilled and the stage being set for the return of Jesus.  We can easily see and discern the time.  And because we “know the time,” the next phrase is even more important:

“…that now it is high time to awake out of sleep…”  Because we can see that we are likely living in one of the late hours of human history, we need to awake out of our sleep.  Many Christians today are asleep.  We are told to “rest in the Lord,” but I think many of us are doing a little too much “resting” and not enough labouring.

There are many things that need to be done for the Lord.  We can’t do them if we are “asleep.”  We need to wake up.  As the end of the verse says, “…for now is our salvation nearer than when we believed.”  We are closer than ever to seeing the Lord Jesus.  We are closer today than we were yesterday.  We will closer tomorrow than we are today.  Are we awake and preparing for this?  Or are we asleep?

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