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 To Get Serious
There has always been an urgency about serving the Lord. In the early days of the earth men lived for hundreds of years but like all those who followed them, they died. Methuselah may have lived 969 years but his life was a vapor and he died. Life is so brief and full of trouble and if man does not consider the brevity of his life, he will waste the precious gift given to him by the Creator. The large part of humanity has no concern for life and death. They live each day as if there is a promise of tomorrow when tomorrow never comes. Death is the great equalizer awakening in all men the reality of how short life will be. For the Christian he has a deeper view of life. He knows each day is precious and that a greater reward waits beyond the vale of death. Life for him does not end in death but begins. The years of travail on this earth are spent in a concentrated effort of serving the Lord who has promised eternal life. Salvation is nearer with each passing day bringing joy to the heart. For the child of God time is important to redeem for the value of what can be done in improving self and helping others find the peace that passes all understanding. Satan seeks to lull the heart into a sleep making them inactive and lethargic. Paul admonished the Roman Christians to wake up and get busy. Time is of the essence and there is no time to lose. With each passing day judgment comes closer for every man. The day of God’s return is at hand because there is no promise of tomorrow and His return will come as a thief in the night. Paul wrote these words two thousand years ago and it is easy to look at these words with a confidence that if the Lord has not returned yet there is no reason to think He will come today. What this means is that all men are two thousand years closer to the final day of the Lord than ever before. With each passing calendar date changing and the passing of each month, day and hour man draws closer to his own eternal destiny.
The night is far spent for the children of God to dwindle away their reward. There is an awareness that must be made for the faithful of the Lord to stop wasting their lives with the foolish pursuits of the world that will bring no profit. Life is not about what is gained here but what is treasured in the eternal reward of redemption. Christians must become focused on the work of their salvation instead of wasting their time in the follies of worldly pursuits. Husbands and wives must put off the indolence of apathy in their marriages and begin to be the kind of people the Lord commands in loving and cherishing one another. There will come a day when the words “I love you” will not be spoken or heard. Parents learn quickly how time escapes them as they watch their children grow to adulthood. So many parents spend little time preparing their children to know the Lord and when they realize the need it is too late. Now is the day to teach the family to love the Lord God because tomorrow will never come. Saints who dwindle away their abilities in the work of the church waste precious moments to exhort, encourage and admonish one another. Opportunities to be engaged in the work of the church cannot wait until another time because that time never comes. There is an urgency in working in the kingdom of God to reap the harvest of souls. Jesus reminded His disciples the fields were white to harvest but few workers were willing to bring in the sheaves. How tragic that time is lost in the work of saving souls.
There is a time for each individual to get serious about their spiritual health. So many lives are filled with revelry, drunkenness, strife and envy taking no account for the brevity of life and the wasted pursuits of this world. Life is so short and yet upon this short life all eternity will be determined. If a man fails to appreciate the need to get serious about their soul today it will be wasted on the shores of lassitude bringing no profit to life. Today is the day to get serious about putting on the Lord Jesus Christ and stop making provisions for the flesh. Many people believe that death will come at midnight and die a half hour early. There is no promise of anything in this world. The promises of God are eternal but cannot be achieved if the soul does not prepare itself to seek those things of the Lord. Paul’s admonition is clear: stop fooling around with your soul and get busy being the kind of person you are supposed to be in Christ – now! It is high time for God’s people to stop acting as if they have all the time in the world because the clock is ticking and the sands of time are vanishing. Souls are perishing because servants of God are not busy in teaching, exhorting and instructing the lost. Families are failing from lack of concern for the changing of the calendar. Marriages fail from hearts that are full of folly. Churches are languishing in indifference from members who don’t care about the work of the Lord. The night is far spent and the day is at hand. Get serious or get left out.