But make sure that you don’t get so absorbed and exhausted in taking care of all your day-by-day obligations that you lose track of the time and doze off, oblivious to God. The night is about over, dawn is about to break. Be up and awake to what God is doing! God is putting the finishing touches on the salvation work he began when we first believed. We can’t afford to waste a minute, must not squander these precious daylight hours in frivolity and indulgence, in sleeping around and dissipation, in bickering and grabbing everything in sight. Get out of bed and get dressed! Don’t loiter and linger, waiting until the very last minute. Dress yourselves in Christ, and be up and about!
Romans 13: 11-14 MSG
These past weeks have really been very hectic and demanding as I was preparing this month’s issue of Ignited, I couldn’t help but keep my headphones glued to my ears; not only to drown out the noises around me but also the ones in my head. A song that is currently being repeated in one of my playlists is the title track on Citipointe Live’s latest album, Devoted. It has become my new anthem. The song begins with this line, “I’m losing my whole life, in your purpose and for your heart’s desire…” This I suppose is what Paul was talking about in 2 Corinthians 5:15 where he states. “And He died for all that they which live should not… live unto themselves but unto Him which died for them”. In other words he is saying that Jesus doesn’t often ask us to DIE for Him. He asks that we LIVE for Him.
So it is with professing followers of Christ. You say you are a Christian. But can we really produce evidence? Romans 13 urges us as believers not only to be dressed in Christ, but to be up and about! (v14) Living it out.
John Maxwell in The John Maxwell Leadership Bible summarized Paul’s challenge (Rom. 13: 11-14) in three words:
1. Awaken: He tells us to wake up! The night is almost gone. Now is the time to get up and act! Today matters.
2. Abandon: He tells us to lay aside the undisciplined patterns of the flesh, and he even cites examples!
3. Adorn: Finally, he tells us to “put on” Christ. We know He’s inside you; now adorn yourselves with Him.
Being devoted means to give up to or concentrate on a pursuit, occupation, purpose, cause, etc. Paul compared life to a race. He threw off any weight that would entangle him or slow him down. He made the most of his pursuit for the prize. We all know that runners don’t wander. They head straight for the finish.
It is my prayer that we will strive towards devoting the best of what we have, be it in time; finances; talent;etc. to exalt Jesus and challenge the status quo. Devoting our all for the one who gave it all, that we may live… IGNITED!