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.” vss. 11-12Romans 13:11-14
Paul felt that the Romans needed a wake-up call! He was expecting that the end would be coming soon, that Jesus would return to complete the work that he’d gotten started. So he encourages the Romans to wake from sleep and to get ready for the end. In our day, we don’t have that same sense of an imminent return, but we do know that we are most certainly drawing closer to the end, however we imagine that ending to be like. And we’re certainly familiar with the concept of a wake-up call, that jarring moment in time when we’re shocked into making or attempting to make significant changes in the way we live. They can come in a variety of ways: a crisis in our health or in a relationship or maybe the loss of a job. In those moments we become super motivated to make lifestyle adjustments and stop living in destructive ways. It’s amazing how quickly we can change when enlightenment comes. And what’s equally astounding is the fact that the changes we make will often be of a spiritual nature. We don’t wake up and decide to indulge our flesh – that’s pure foolishness. Almost always we awaken and begin to seek the enrichment of our spirits and souls – and some of us are able to pull it off.
Thought for the Day: How have I experienced wake-up calls?