Do this, knowing the time, that it is already the hour for you to awaken from sleep; for now salvation is nearer to us than when we believed.Romans 13:11(NASB)
What a lovely picture of the weary soul, rousing-up to meet morning's freshness, as the first-flush of the sunlight's golden beauty pierces the morning curtain, drawing us back into consciousness, that day has arrived, and we must wake-up from our slumber and make ready for the duties of the day. What a meaningful metaphor that we are moving nearer to the end of this life's dark night, where we will throw off this tent of flesh and be clothed in our new, glorified, resurrection bodies - and so we shall ever be with the Lord Jesus for the rest of time and throughout all eternity.
The apostle Paul has taken us on the most magnificent journey of God's story of redemption in this book of Romans. It was necessary for him to detail the most thorough and systematic teaching on God's divine wrath and condemnation of the fallen race of humanity, which is only evil continuously. But he then goes on to reveal the glorious hope of salvation for all who believe in the death, burial and resurrection of the Lord Jesus. He expounds the wonderful doctrines of justification by faith, our ongoing sanctification by faith and the ultimate end this mortal round on earth, which is our glorification - by faith in the Son of God, Who loved us and gave Himself for us.
Paul explains the wonder of our identification with Christ and His precious identification with us.. and he reveals God's wisdom in setting aside the nation of Israel for a season and His ultimate will and purpose as it relates to both Israel and the church. And then Paul reminds us that because we are in the last days.. it is high time to awake out of our slumbering sleep: knowing that our ultimate and finalised Salvation.. which will be consummated when we are glorified with Christ - is nearer than when we first believed.
What precious encouragement to all His children that the promise of our blessed hope, on which our hearts have been focused throughout our Christian life, is nearer than the day when we first trusted in Jesus as Saviour, and that with each passing day we are moving ever closer to His any-day return. Let us joyfully embrace these revitalising words of Paul and rouse ourselves from any spiritual slumber into which we may have drifted and become alert and ready and watching and waiting - and let us seek to use the time we have left.. wisely.
Thank You Father that Your promises are ‘yes’ and ‘amen’ in Jesus and that His return is getting closer with each passing day. I pray I may throw off any impassivity that has developed in my heart and wake up to the importance of redeeming the time I have left – to Your praise and glory, in Jesus name I pray, AMEN.