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Devotionals 2002

It is High Time!
October 31, 2002By Ed Wrather

And do this, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep; for now our salvation is nearer than when we first believed. The night is far spent, and the day is at hand. Therefore let us cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armor of light. Let us walk properly, as in the day, not in revelry and drunkenness, not in lewdness and lust, not in strife and envy. But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to fulfill its lusts. - Romans 13:11-14. 

Iris Koser is a 16-year-old girl living in Nuremberg, Germany, and she has invented something many parents have dreamed of for centuries. She has invented what she calls a “merciless bed” to make sure people get out of bed on time. After the alarm goes off the bed slowly raises the mattress until after five minutes the sleep lover is rolled off onto the floor. So, unless they are a really, really deep sleeper they are bound to wake up. Iris, we just want to know when we can buy one? Let us know, okay? 

There are so many of us who are asleep spiritually. We know how we ought to live, but we do not. We know that time is running out for us to do what God would have us to do with our lives. But we are still asleep! If only there were a bed like Iris’ to wake us up; being dumped into the floor would be a small price to pay to be awake spiritually. We sleep on while the works of darkness grow around us. Those of the darkness are growing more and more bold claiming that their evil actions are only normal. Those of the darkness say that those who are in the light are those who are abnormal. It is time for us to awake! 

Let us arise, let us wake up and cast off the bucket of evil that has covered our light (Matthew 5:16). If all Christians were to arise out of their slumber and begin to act like Christians, the darkness would be pierced. If we let our lights shine the darkness would retreat in fear (1 John 4:4). 

Each day in some way, may we oppose the darkness. Each day in some way, may we let our light shine a little brighter. Let us put on the Lord Jesus Christ and let our lights shine bringing the light of salvation across this world. 

Isn’t it time to wake up? Yes, “knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep; for now our salvation is nearer than when we first believed.”

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