by Matt Smith
Probably one of the least favorite events that happen to us is to be woken out of a deep sleep, particularly if it is in a very loud and sudden way. As part of my job, I have to be a part of an on-call rotation and about once every few months I will get a call in the middle of the night. Everyone can probably relate to the “who am I”/”where am I” thoughts that initially go through my head while I try to gather my wits enough to answer the phone.
Our reading this morning brings us to a passage that challenges us to “Wake Up!” Romans 13:11 reads, “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 first believed.”
Paul is reminding these believers that because their (final) salvation was nearer now than when they believed, they needed to wake up or “snap out” of their current situation and mindset. Paul goes on to explain what they needed to address in their lives. Verse 12 states they needed to, “cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armor of light.”
This stark reminder is also very relevant to us today as well. All too often we allow sins to creep into our lives, sins that sneak in with an “I’m not that bad” label to them. Whether it be anger, bitterness, dishonesty or jealousy, these and other sins can easily take up residence in our hearts if we aren’t careful.
Paul’s admonition is to not sleepwalk through the Christian life but to instead get serious about the things of God. Whether we are young or old and even if Christ should tarry, our lives will be over in a “vapor” as James reminds us and we need to be vigilant about making sure our lives are count for Him. Perhaps there is an area of your life that you need to “wake up” about?