We, Christ’s people, should be living a certain way. He has chosen us, died for us, purchased us with His blood. And He has told us that He is returning. He has been preparing a house for us. And His mission is to purify us, His bride.
We should be living a certain way. We often live as though He were not coming. But as His servant Paul wrote,
the hour has come for you to wake from sleep. – Romans 13:11
Do not be like the world, in its stupor. Jesus has woken us up. Paul continues,
For salvation is nearer to us now than when we first believed. – Romans 13:11
Paul has just written at length about God’s eternal plan of redemption: that the Jews were cut off for the sake of the Gentiles, and on that day, they will be grafted in. Our Father’s plan is great and awesome, and we are one day closer to its consummation every day. How will we live?
The night is far gone; the day is at hand. So then let us cast off the works of darkness and put on the armor of light. Let us walk properly as in the daytime, not in orgies and drunkenness, not in sexual immorality and sensuality, not in quarreling and jealousy. But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to gratify its desires. – Romans 13:12-14
Christ has conquered the night. He has been victorious over sin, over death. Death no longer has sting for we who are in Him. And we now live in these last days, the days in which He rules already from on high, using us to bring His people to Himself. And when He is finished, He will come for us. He will raise us up and save us. Oh, how will we live?
Cast off the works of darkness. Put on the armor that He has crafted for us. Don’t be like the world in its licentiousness and its hatred. Live as He has commanded us to live. Live the life that He has purchased for us by His blood. Don’t forsake what He has done for us and remember what He will do for us.
Put on Christ. Put on His righteousness. By the power of the Holy Spirit, live like Him. Make no provision for our flesh. Don’t gratify its desires. He is coming.