“This is all the more urgent, for you know how late it is; time is running out. Wake up, for our salvation is nearer now than when we first believed. The night is almost gone; the day of salvation will soon be here. So remove your dark deeds like dirty clothes, and put on the shining armor of right living. Because we belong to the day, we must live decent lives for all to see. Don’t participate in the darkness of wild parties and drunkenness, or in sexual promiscuity and immoral living, or in quarreling and jealousy. Instead, clothe yourself with the presence of the Lord Jesus Christ. And don’t let yourself think about ways to indulge your evil desires.” Romans 13:11-14
We should be on guard, awake and alert because we also have a job to do. Our job is to preach the gospel to the far reaches of the world. This was Jesus’ last command for us. “Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” (Matthew 28:19-20) I believe that the return of Jesus is closer than we think. I know that the world has been looking for His return for 2000 years, but if we look at what is happening in our world I don’t see how it can be much longer. We need to win as many as we can to the kingdom before it is too late.
It’s time for the church to be the church. It is time for it to stand up and be the glorious creation that Jesus paid for it to be. No longer, should we be like the world. We are in the world, but we are not to be like the world. We must be the light of the world; showing the world the light and the love of God. We were called to walk in the light as He is in the light. “But if we are living in the light, as God is in the light, then we have fellowship with each other, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, cleanses us from all sin.” (1 John 1:7). We must have nothing to do with the deeds of darkness, but rather expose them. The light of Jesus will expose the evil deed around us. The Lord living through us will convict those around us because our lives will be so different than theirs.