You know, it is easy to fall into a pattern in life. For me, my week days look very similar to each other with the occasional minor switch up every now and then. But if we’re not careful, life – I mean real life, can pass us by. The real life that I’m talking about is our Godly purpose on this earth and our relationship with God the Father. You see, some of us may need a “wake up” call to understand the time in which we are living - not getting lulled to sleep by our earthly patterns and the fleshly desires of this world. Paul says in Romans 13:11-14:
"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."
Paul says that we need to wake up from our slumber – that the night is nearly over and the day is almost here. I encourage you to take stock of how you are living, not to just continue mindless patterns that bears no fruit, or sinful patterns that ultimately lead us astray. Paul reminds us that we are running a race, so we can’t lose focus. If we do, we might find more of the world seeping into our lives as we become more and more oblivious to the real reason for living.
Paul says, “The hour has already come for you to wake up from your slumber, because our salvation is nearer now than when we first believed.” When life ends, eternity begins. And this short time that we have here on earth sets the course for where we will ultimately spend eternity. With that in mind, I encourage you to take heed of Paul’s words by taking stock of how you are living life. “Wake up from your slumber, because our salvation is nearer now than when we first believed.”