And do this, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep; for now our salvation is nearer than when we first believed. The night is far spent, the day is at hand. Therefore let us cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armor of light. Let us walk properly, as in the day, not in revelry and drunkenness, not in lewdness and lust, not in strife and envy. But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to fulfill its lusts. (Romans 13:11-14)
Time Is Running Out
One constant of life is that time waits for no man. With each sunrise and sunset another day goes by never to be gained again. The sun has risen thousands of times but those morning beams of sunlight will pass away and no man will be able to see them again. Days turn to months, months to years and years to generations. Every second that ticks off the clock is a moment closer to death, eternity and the Lord. You and I are nearly two thousand years removed from Paul’s letter to Rome and we are closer to our salvation than ever before. That generation has found their reward; we await ours.
The principle of redeeming the time understands that what we have today cannot be regained. What happened last night cannot be changed for the night is spent. It is gone. History will record the deeds of yesterday with either regrets or joy. Today is the only day we have with no promise of tomorrow. Having a clear understanding of yesterday, today and tomorrow we should realize the importance of looking after our lives in the present. Often we determine to make changes in our lives tomorrow. “One day” we say we will make better decisions, choices and changes in life. That day never comes. The time is now. It is today we must seize the hour.
Living a life as a Christian demands action today. Many struggle in their lives to do what is right and what they believe God expects them to do. They always look for another day to do that and seldom make any serious changes. New Year resolutions come only once a year but Paul exhorts the disciple of Christ to make daily changes. Today we need to cast off the things of this world and be the kind of people the Father desires of His children. Today is the day we walk right, think right, act right, dress right and live right. Now is the time to know the Lord.
This is not a time to live like the frivolity of the world. All the desires of the flesh and mind will not bring lasting happiness. Christian’s need to stop living as if they can have one foot in the world and the other in the Lord. As the old preacher said, “You can’t have a bowing knee on a dancing leg.” The faithful need to grow up to spiritual adulthood and act like the people of God. Too many like to live like the world in drunkenness, sexual immorality, sensuality, quarreling and jealousy and this is a shame on God’s people. Grow up! Be the Christian man or woman you are supposed to be.
Putting on the armor of God is putting on the Lord Jesus Christ in your heart. It is high time to wake up for the spiritual stupor we can easily find ourselves in and be people of God. The night is far spent. The church needs to be growing. Souls need to be saved. Lives need to be changed. Today is the day – not tomorrow – now. Let’s stop talking about restoring New Testament Christianity and start doing what the New Testament tells us to do. Stop mixing the pollutions of the world with the righteousness of the Holy God and live consecrated sanctified lives before Him. Wake up. Time is fleeting. Time is running out.
We ought to watch and pray because of the shortness of the time, the seriousness of the hour, and the shallowness of our nature. (Vance Havner, 1901-1986)