IT’S TIME TO WAKE UP!
Unfortunately apathy and lethargy are problems that often afflict the people of God. Many people simply “go through the motions”, and many churches exit but they have very little zeal or make little progress. Such problems were common in the New Testament. The church at Ephesus left their first love (Revelation 2:4), and the church in Laodicea became lukewarm (Revelation 3:15-16) Paul felt the need to exhort the brethren in Rome to awake them from sleep (Romans 13:11-14). Different commentators have looked at this account and have described it as such; “To awake from carelessness and indifference”, “to shake off slothfulness, security, and all former sinful courses”, and to awake from “stupid, fatal indifference to eternal things. Have we become lethargic and indifferent to eternal things? If so, “It’s time to wake up!”, and with Paul’s exhortations before us consider some reasons why we should wake up.
We need to realize the nature of time. Time is short and it is fleeting (James 4:14-17). We need to know that it is time now to obey the Lord, and that now is the day of salvation (2 Corinthians 6:1-2). Our salvation is nearer, but in what way is it nearer? The day of the Lord is closer now than ever before. Our own death is nearer, should we die before the Lord returns (Hebrews 9:27). It is nearer now than when we first believed and everyday brings us closer to the end. Consider how long it has been since we first obeyed the Gospel! Verse 12 from Romans 13 talks about how the night is far spent. This night is referring to the moral darkness of this world (1 John 2:8). It is far spent, which can literally mean it is cut off. It is becoming short, it is hastening to a close (1 Corinthians 7:31b), this world is passing away. This world and time as we know it will not last much longer. The Day is at hand. “The day of eternal blessedness is at hand- It is to dawn on us in our glorious resurrection unto eternal life.” Until which the Word of God serves as a light shining in the dark. 2 Peter 1:19
How should we walk? We should cast off the works of darkness. Such things mentioned in this text are; revelry, drunkenness, lewdness, lust, strife, and envy. Such things are also mentioned in other text; adultery, fornication, idolatry, sorcery, hatred, contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, dissensions, heresies, murders Galatians 5:5-8. Also passion, evil desire, covetousness, anger, amalice, blasphemy, filthy language, lying Colossians 3:5-8. We can walk correctly by putting on the Armor of Light. The breastplate of faith and love, the hope of salvation as a helmet 1 Thessolonians 5:8. That armorof God including truth righteousness, the gospel, faith, the hope of salvation, the Word of God Ephesians 6:10-17. We also can put on the Lord Jesus, first of all in baptism. For in baptism we “put on” Christ Galatians 3:27. We are raised “with” Christ, “made a live together with Him” Colossians 2:11-13. Then we can continue to walk by developing a Christ-like character. We put on the new man, renewed in knowledge, with tender mercies, kindness, humility, meekness, longsuffering, forbearance, forgiving one another, love Colossians 3:10-14. We become renewed in mind, a new man in true righteousness and holiness Ephesians 4:20-24. We must continue to grow in the grace and knowledge of Jesus Christ 2 Peter 1:5-8 and 3:18. We can make no provisions for the flesh. It is something that we must do to if we want to live spiritually Romans 8:12-13. If we desire the love of the Father we will make provisions for the flesh 1 John 2:15-17. The awesome thing about it is that it is something we can do! We can do this with the aid of the Spirit Romans 8:13, Ephesians 3:16&20, and Galatians 5:8. A serious question we have to answer though is if we are serious in our commitment to achieve this correct walk of life. Do we avoid situations that could lead us to sin? Do we abstain from activities that arouse fleshly lusts?
Brethren, are we sleeping? Are we indifferent to matter of the spirit, and careless about eternal things? Are we lethargic in our service to the Lord, and apathetic about our spiritual well-being? If we are answering yes to these questions or if we are not 100% sure that these are false about us then we need to wake up! The time to change and grow will soon be gone and the day of eternity will arrive and we won’t be ready. Let us be children of the day and not of the night. Put on the Lord Jesus, put on the armor of light, walk properly, and do not make any provisions for the flesh. If we do these things then we can look forward to obtaining salvation through Jesus Christ 1Thessolonians 5:1-11.