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. Let us behave decently, as in the daytime, not in orgies and drunkenness, not in sexual immorality and debauchery, not in dissension and jealousy. Rather, clothe yourselves with the Lord Jesus Christ, and do not think about how to gratify the desires of the sinful nature. Romans 13:11-14 (NIV)
What Time Is It?
That is a very good question. What is a very good question? What time is it? Tell me more of your thoughts about that question. I’m thinking about your return. I’m thinking about your second coming. Your return and second coming seem more imminent. How so? You described what the season of your return would look like. I believe that we are entering into that season of tumultuous upheaval that could signal your return. Our world is filled with what seems like unprecedented hatred and strife. Evil is being uplifted and applauded. Good is being ridiculed and scorned. Nations are rising up against nations. Even the weather on our planet seems to be going haywire. So, how will your thought that my return and second coming might be more imminent change the way that you live your life? That is a very good question. I do have one thought before I answer your question. What’s that? Personally, whether your return and second coming is imminent or my life on earth is coming much closer to its end, I know that one way or another, I will soon be with you. So, either one tells me my answer to the question of, “What time is it?” What is your answer? My answer is that the time is short. That is a good answer.
Now would you answer my question? How will the shortness of time impact the way that you live your life? I want to make the most of the time. How will you make the most of the time? I will make sure that I am immediately and continually putting off deeds of darkness or any thought of how I might gratify a sinful desire. I will make sure that I am walking in the light with you. I will keep putting on the new life that you have given me to live. I will listen attentively to your voice. I will follow you to where you lead me. I will do whatever you ask of me. What am I likely to ask of you? You are likely to ask me to do things that will bear fruit for your kingdom and bring glory to your name. Like what? Go and make disciples. Help lead others to you. Teach others what you have taught me. Live brightly and boldly as your witness in the world. Yes, I will ask all of these things of you. Do you know why that is? Yes, the time is short. Yes, it is.
Lord, thank you for pulling me out of the darkness. You have made it so I can walk in the light with you. I will immediately and continually reject any thought of trying to gratify sinful desires. Instead, I will put on the new life you have given me to live. Amen
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