JOHN SHIRK – Romans 13:11 issues this wake-up call. “And do this, understanding the present time. The hour has come for you to wake up from your slumber, because our salvation is nearer now than when we first believed. The night is nearly over; the day is almost here. So let us put aside the deeds of darkness and put on the armor of light.”
In light of the Lord’s promise to return, the Apostle Paul wanted followers of Jesus to make the most of every opportunity with the present time. It was his desire 2,000 years ago. His words are relevant for our lives today as well.
What are some things that keep our eyes from being wide open to the spiritual needs around us? One thing mentioned in this verse is sin. Ongoing selfish desires cause us to make personal gain our primary focus. This might come out in the form of pride, greed, or lust. These desires hold us back from being the person God made us to be. The remedy for this dark pattern is to come into the light of God’s love. Verse 14 says, “Clothe yourselves with the Lord Jesus Christ, and do not think about how to gratify the desires of the sinful nature.” With our faith focus on Jesus, He will give us new desires with a new attitude that enables us to live productive lives for the glory of God.
That’s today’s Mission Statement for representing Jesus in the world today.