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Reflections on Romans 13:11-12a (Wed)

Today’s passage:

13:11 And do this because we know the time, that it is already the hour for us to awake from sleep, for our salvation is now nearer than when we became believers. 13:12 The night has advanced toward dawn; the day is near.

Sleep is an interesting thing. It’s like a time warp. Whatever happened during those dark hours is a blur. We weren’t conscious of what went on their pace. There were dreams and tossings and turnings.

Morning brings clarity. Perspective. Productivity. I remember one Jr. High retreat where a cabin burned down in the night. None of us were ever in danger, but people were freaked out, scared, unsettled. But when morning came and we walked over to the ashes that used to be our cabin, there was a lightness, a conquering spirit, a hope and joy that we had overcome an adversity and were better off for it. We moved forward.

There’s something beneficial to this mindset of living in the daylight. We will love others so much better if we live as if in daylight. We’ll be more intentional, being conscious of what’s really at stake and aware of how little time we have in which to work.

The sand in the ministry hourglass is running out — how much better we realize this by living in the day!

1 Comment

  1. Martha Troxel

    July 15, 2009 at 1:46 pm

    The urgency in these verses is hard to miss!

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