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Summary: While we are waiting for Christ’s return, we are to clothe ourselves with the Lord Jesus Christ

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Rom 13:8-14 – Avoid the Nightlife

One of the more sobering parables Jesus told was the parable of the ten virgins

• Story of 10 virgins waiting for the bridegroom to return

• 5 made the mistake of allowing their lamps to go out because of a lack of oil

• while they went to buy more oil, the bridegroom arrived and they were shut out of the kingdom

• they arrived back only to hear those terrible words from the bridegroom as they pounded on the door of the wedding banquet, “I don’t know you”

• the sad part about the story is at one stage these virgins all knew the bridegroom, they had lamps and they had oil indicating they had the Holy Spirit

• the parable finishes with a warning to all of us, “So stay awake and be prepared, because you do not know the day or hour of my return. Matthew 25:13

• Jesus is going to return, he is coming back and our section in Romans today is a reminder of what we are to be doing while we are waiting

Rom 13:8-14

• This is a continuation of what our response should be to the love God has shown us

Who likes to receive bills in the mail?

• Carol Loetje was sharing with us a couple of months back how good it felt to finally have the mortgage paid off after years of paying

• However there are some debts like the power and phone bills that we have to learn to live with each month

• Sometimes it’s a bit of a juggle over who gets paid when we overextend ourselves

• If you ever get in that situation, here’s a unique solution

• There was a man who had a unique way of paying bills. He was overextended and couldn’t pay all of them every month. One month, one of his creditors called him and demanded payment on a certain account. He said, "Look, the way I pay my bills is to put them all in a hat and pull five of them out. Now if you don’t quit bugging me, next month I won’t even put you in the hat!"

• Well there’s one debt we will never get to pay off – this is going to be around longer than the mortgage

• when you sign up for this one, its not just for 25-30 years, its forever

8Let no debt remain outstanding,

• Christians need to be faithful to pay off their debts

except the continuing debt to love one another,

• Godly Love is the radical force Jesus turned loose on the world with his death and resurrection

• You and I have been enlisted by Jesus Christ to impart this radical force on the world

• Suppose you have borrowed money from someone. What’s the first thing that comes to mind when you bump into them - I owe them money – its an automatic response

• That’s exactly how we ought to feel about every one of our fellowman we come in contact with

• “I owe them” - my first obligation to that person regardless of who they are, is to love them

• so when we sign on to become a follow of Jesus Christ, we take on a debt burden – a responsibility to love one another

• at first glance this may sound like a burden, as we tend to think of love as only going one way, us loving others

• but when we realize we have 30 or 40 people loving us back, what we receive is much more than what we give, and we will have a much richer community

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