March 12, 2023
Scripture Passage: Romans 13:11-14
In Romans 13:11-14, the Apostle Paul sounds the alarm to let us know that the enemy is near.
As we see anarchy in this world, apostasy in the church, and apathy in our pews, this wake-up call for the Church is as urgent today as it was when Paul first wrote it.
“And do this, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep; for now our salvation is nearer than when we first believed. The night is far spent, the day is at hand. Therefore let us cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armor of light” (Romans 13:11-12).
It’s later in this age than we may think. We only have so many more days and hours yet to serve Jesus. There are unparalleled opportunities to preach the Gospel today that we will not get back. We cannot roll over and yawn in the face of God; it's time to wake up.
It’s also time to clean up. Romans 13:13 says, “Let us walk properly, as in the day, not in revelry and drunkenness, not in lewdness and lust, not in strife and envy.”
This passage tells us to put off carousing, sexual immorality, shamelessness, and covetousness. In an un-blushable generation that boasts in its sin, we are called to a higher standard of clean living.
Finally, it’s time to dress up: “But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to fulfill its lusts” (Romans 13:14).
Lord means Master: when we put Him on, He will give us direction in the way we should go.
Jesus means Savior: in this vile world, Jesus is the only one who can deliver us from evil.
Christ means King: He rules over us, and when we wear Him, He teaches us how to rule in this life.
In this world, we must wear Jesus like a robe of righteousness, making no provision for the flesh. If we let Him, He will cover our sorrows and tears, our failures and shame.
The hour is late; don’t pull the cover over your head and press snooze; it’s time to wake up, clean up, and dress up.
Adrian Rogers says, “Life is too short, eternity is too long, souls are too precious, and the Gospel is too wonderful for us to sleep through it all.”