It’s About Time
“You must not commit adultery. You must not murder. You must not steal. You must not covet.” These—and other such commandments—are summed up in this one commandment: “Love your neighbor as yourself.” Love does no wrong to others, so love fulfills the requirements of God’s law. Romans 13:9-10
This is all the more urgent, for you know how late it is; time is running out. Romans 13:11
1. Time is short
Wake up, for our salvation is nearer now than when we first believed. Romans 13:11
a. It’s time to wake up.
b. Our salvation is getting closer.
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. Romans 13:12
2. Time for a change
a. The night is over.
b. To change our clothes.
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. Romans 13:13
3. Time to walk in daylight
a. Walk properly.
God is light, and there is no darkness in him at all. 6 So we are lying if we say we have fellowship with God but go on living in spiritual darkness; we are not practicing the truth. 7 But if we are living in the light, as God is in the light, then we have fellowship with each other, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, cleanses us from all sin. 1 John 1:5-7
b. Not like the world.
Instead, clothe yourself with the presence of the Lord Jesus Christ. And don’t let yourself think about ways to indulge your evil desires. Romans 13:13-14
4. Time to put Jesus in control
a. “But put on the Lord Jesus Christ.”
b. How do we spend our time?