Greetings In the Name of the Lord:
Romans 13:11-14 (NLT)
11 This is all the more urgent, for you know how late it is; time is running out. Wake up, for our salvation is nearer now than when we first believed.
12 The night is almost gone; the day of salvation will soon be here. So remove your dark deeds like dirty clothes, and put on the shining armor of right living.
13 Because we belong to the day, we must live decent lives for all to see. Don’t participate in the darkness of wild parties and drunkenness, or in sexual promiscuity and immoral living, or in quarreling and jealousy.
14 Instead, clothe yourself with the presence of the Lord Jesus Christ. And don’t let yourself think about ways to indulge your evil desires.
If you knew that this was your last day on earth how would you spend it? How would you conduct yourself? More importantly, what would Christ say to you when you stand in front of Him to be judged? While most of us don’t think this way, we have a tendency to think that we have lots of time on our hands; it is something we must all consider. Our next breath is never a guarantee. We could have a heart attack or die in a car accident and not know it was coming. On the other hand, we must also realize that Jesus could come back at any moment, and even if we don’t die the immanence of His second coming is always there in front of us. Now some are probably thinking, “But I am a Christian, and because of that I will be declared innocent by the blood of Jesus, right?” Yes, that is right, but Paul says in the next chapter that we will “all” stand before the judgment seat of God. You see there are two different levels of judgment. First, there is the ultimate judgment that deals with where we will spend eternity. However, there is also another level of judgment that all believer will have to go through that will assess the kind of lives we lived and what we did with what God gave us (1 Cor. 3:12-15; Cor. 5:10; Rm. 14:10-12). It is for this reason that Paul urges us to “your dark deeds like dirty clothes, and put on the shining armor of right living.” He tells us that because we belong to Christ our lives should reflect on the outside what Christ has done for us on the inside. He tells us that we are not to live like other people live, but we are to be different because we belong to Christ. Furthermore, he tells to not only stop doing what we use to do, but to replace it with something better, much better. He says, “Instead, clothe yourself with the presence of the Lord Jesus Christ. And don’t let yourself think about ways to indulge your evil desires.” The way to stop doing what you used to do is to fill your life with more of Jesus. Like Mike Warnke used to say, “If you spend your time doing the do’s you won’t have time to do the don’ts!” A more famous person in the history of the Church said after reading these verses, “No further would I read, nor had I any need; instantly, at the end of this sentence, a clear light flooded my heart and all the darkness of doubt vanished away” (Augustine, Confessions, 8.29). We should live like there is no tomorrow cause there might not be one.