Text: Romans 13:11-14:11
“And that, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep: for now is our salvation nearer than when we believed. The night is far spent, the day is at hand: let us, therefore, cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armour of light. Let us walk honestly, as in the day; not in rioting and drunkenness, not in chambering and wantonness, not in strife and envying. But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh, to fulfill the lusts thereof.”
Introduction: The problem Paul was addressing in this passage was that some of the Lord’s people were asleep. To be asleep is to be in a state of inactivity with a loss of consciousness and a decrease of responsiveness to events taking place around an individual. Some of the believers in Rome had become unconscious, unresponsive and inactive concerning the things of God. So Paul calls them to “awake out of sleep!”
As in Paul’s day, so it is in ours, too many believers are spiritually asleep. There is far too much unconsciousness, unresponsiveness, and inactivity among believers in our Indian churches today.
I. It’s Time to Wake Up (v 11-12)
A. It’s a Crucial Time – Notice the urgency of the statement. “And that, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep:”
1. Time is limited.
2. Opportunity for ministry is brief.
3. The time to obey is now.
4. There is no time for complacency or indifference.
B. It’s a Climaxing Time – Salvation is a three-tense experience. “for now is our salvation nearer than when we believed.”
1. We have been saved speaks of our Justification. (II Timothy 1:9 & Titus 3:2)
2. We are being saved speaks of our Sanctification. (Philippians 2:12 & I Timothy 4:16)
3. We shall be saved speaks of our Glorification. (Hebrews 1:14 & I Peter 1:5)
C. The Coming of the Lord is Imminent. “The night is far spent, the day is at hand:”
1. The Lord could come at any time.
2. The coming of the Lord should stimulate one to action, to be alert, and come alive.
II. It’s Time to Throw Off (v 12-13)
1. To cast off means to lay aside or to disrobe ourselves of acts of sin.
2. Darkness speaks man’s depravity or his acts of sin.
3. The Armor is made for warfare. (Ephesians 6:11-17)
4. Light speaks of revealed truth and understanding.
5. To walk honestly speaks of our behavior before God and man. To live an outward life that displays the inward nature that comes from being born again.
6. Not in rioting means wild parties, sexual orgies, brawls, or to go carousing around.
7. Drunkenness speaking of intentional and habitual intoxication.
8. Chambering speaking of sexual intercourse, perversion or sleeping around.
9. Wantonness speaks of excess and uncontrolled lust. Men and women committing lewd acts of sexual immorality without shame or the absence of restraint.
10. Strife speaks of bickering, petty disagreement or a spirit of antagonistic competitiveness that fights to have ones on way.
11. Envy speaks of jealous rivalry.
12. Lust speaks of uncontrolled desires.
III. It’s Time to Put On (v 14)
A. “But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ,”- To put on Christ is to take the responsibility of continually growing in grace and maintaining our spiritually life.
1. As we grow sinful thoughts and habits are discarded.
2. We become clothed in righteousness, truth, holiness and love.
3. Reading the Word of God, prayer and faithfulness to the house of God are tools that are use to help in this growth.
B. “and make not provision for the flesh,” – Our responsibility is do away with thoughts that will developed into acts of sin. The word provision means to have forethoughts or to be planning ahead. The idea is not to allow lustful desires or wrong ideas to linger in our minds that will lead us to acts of sin.
Conclusion: There is a danger of going to sleep by getting distracted by the cares of this life. It is our responsibility to be careful and maintain our walk with the Lord.