In Romans 13 we are told about the imminent return of Jesus, and given three warnings. We are to: “Wake up,” (11)! “Put on the armor of light” (12). “Clothe yourselves with the Lord Jesus Christ,” (14).
“Wake up” and begin living the life God has planned for you. Stop repeating the same mistakes, making excuses, and being like the world. Wake up for our salvation draws neigh, and begin living a life filled with the glory of God. Wake up!
“Put on the armor of light,” or we are to clean up. We all are involved in things we know Jesus doesn’t want us doing. Do we really want Jesus, when he returns, to find us involved in something we are not supposed to be involved in? We are no longer children, though we are now children of God’s, so let’s once and for all make a decision to get those things out of our life that we know God wants gone. Clean up!
“Clothe yourself.” We are no longer children, we are an adults and adults clothe themselves, so it is time for us to grow up! Paul wrote, “When I was a child, I talked like a child. I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put childish way behind me.” Grow up!
God loves us with agape love, the greatest of all loves. He bids you to wake up, clean up, and grow up and experience the life he has intended for you to have.
Time to Listen,
One of Paul’s greatest statements is, “We wait eagerly for our adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies. For in this hope we were save” (Rom 8:23b-24a). He writes of creation that is one day released from its bondage of corruption that spoils, mars, and ruins the world the children of God now live in.
Until that day of release we groan within ourselves waiting. Waiting for our adoption to be completed, the redemption of our body, and the ultimate change into what we are to be. Paul to the Philippians put it this way, “[Christ] will transform our lowly bodies so that they will be like his glorious body.” (3:21).
Our hope is set on Christ, but not so for the atheist. The atheist looks at the world’s problem and asks, “Who is God? What is God doing? Does God care? And when they do not receive the answer they seek state, “God does not exist.” Suppose there is no God. What then? If there is no God, then who created these problems we face? The problems are turned back on the atheist, for if there is no God, it is man’s problem, and if it is man’s problem then there is no answer, and there is no hope.
We are all aware of the world’s sorrows, the dangers threatening our lives, the perils of wealth, the persistence of pain, the failure and despair many face. But we have hope, and our hope is in the one God has sent, and by this hope we are saved.