An Urgent Appeal
Besides this, you know what time it is, how it is now the moment for you to wake from sleep. For salvation is nearer to us now than when we became believers; the night is far gone, the day is near. Let us then lay aside the works of darkness and put on the armour of light; let us live honourably as in the day, not in revelling and drunkenness, not in debauchery and licentiousness, not in quarrelling and jealousy. Instead, put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to gratify its desires.
Reflection by Lynne Buell
Paul is telling us that it’s time to wake up, to be alert, and live in accordance with God’s will.
I am definitely a morning person, that is, as long as I have a good night’s sleep. I find that the older I get, however, the more difficult it is to sleep right through until morning. Another fun fact is that I have to go to bed earlier because I can’t keep my eyes open beyond a certain time in the evening, which I do not wish to divulge. Despite the change in my sleeping habits, it is still possible for me to wake up refreshed and raring to go most mornings. I love that feeling!
For centuries, we have been learning the ways of God through Jesus as well as the prophets. They’re stressing that we must stay away from quarreling, jealousy, greed, and war. We should pray for wisdom, guidance, and strength. Pray for how thankful we are for our blessings of family, love, and comfort. For me, the bottom line goes beyond being prepared for the Second Coming. It is a way of life by welcoming and embracing the way of Christ to make this world a better place to live.
Pray in the Spirit at all times in every prayer and supplication. To that end keep alert and always persevere in supplication for all the saints. Amen.