The day is near

Date: Wednesday, February 19

ScriptureRomans 13:11-14

Verse: the night is far gone, the day is near. Let us then lay aside the works of darkness and put on the armor of light; (Romans 13:12)

You have probably heard the advice to “dress for the job you want, not the job you have.” The wisdom behind this is when you carry yourself like an executive, while performing your current job, people will notice. Then, the next time an executive position opens, you won’t have to convince anyone you can take on the role. You will have already shown you can. In today’s passage, Paul uses the image on night and day to invite people to live in the new day of resurrection which Jesus has initiated.

It can be so easy to get bogged down in the world around us. There are many stressors from jobs and money, to children and parents. We feel pressure to get too much done in too little time. We worry about doctor’s appointments and illness. In the midst of all this, we can become focused on what is directly in front of us. It can steal our joy. In those times, and every day, we need to be reminded we are children a far greater kingdom.

Today’s passage reminds us to live as people of the Kingdom of God, the light, even as we are living in the time before it has come in all its fullness. This means turning away from a life of sinful desire, and toward our life doing the will of God for ourselves and in service to those around us.

Prayer: Remind me again, Lord Jesus, to live as a child of the light. Amen.

Action: Consider what it means to live as a citizen of the Kingdom of God in your everyday life.

Respond: How do you choose to live as a child of God, even in the midst of the darkness and stress of your life? Answer by clicking “Leave a Comment” below.
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About Joe Iovino

Christian, husband & father, Associate Pastor in Monument CO, guitar player, motorcyclist, Mets fan.
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