Using the Modern English Version (MEV), Paul makes this statement to the people of his day, “Furthermore, knowing the time, now is the moment to awake from sleep. For our salvation is nearer than when we believed. The night is far spent, the day is at hand. Therefore, let us take off the works of darkness and put on the armor of light.” (Romans 13:11-12 MEV)
I find that inspiring to read. Paul says, “Its time people!” Time for us to really recognize where we are and what we are about. It is time to see the battle is won, forget the filth of the earth, the hopelessness of the old ways… the potential for tomorrow is here. The new heaven and the new earth are on the brink of appearing, and we are closer than we have ever been. Don’t waste any more time, don’t buy in to any more distractions. Focus on the prize, get your mind where it needs to be.
Time for us to throw off the garments that shackle us to the old ways and see the day for what it is. Salvation is at hand. Not someday, not one of these days, not way off in the future… we aren’t living life for “eventually” we are living, planning, and thriving in this world.
It doesn’t mean that we won’t struggle, but now we recognize that we struggle with a purpose. We may lament the shortcomings that surround us, physical restrictions, lower energy levels or declining health, but those things no longer hold us back. They are a part of the “night that is far spent”, the time when Satan appeared to be winning.
We announce his defeat, we revel with Jesus as we proclaim the resurrection. It isn’t some far off in the sky thing that we long for, we instead see that we perched on the cusp of victory.
So we throw off the old, put on the new and move forward with conviction. Our eyes, our focus is what is before us, the new day. With Paul, we are over looking back, we see the new day at hand.