Summary: It is time for Christians to wake up out of our sleep and throw off our bed clothes. And then we gotta put on Christ’s righteousness.
It was 5:30AM and the alarm had just elevated its piercing voice and shook me out of my sleep and slumber. I really didn’t feel like getting up that morning. I mean I really wanted to steal a few more moments of blissful unconsciousness. It was one of those days where we had plenty to do. It was one of those days where we had to get up, pack the car, and get out on the road. You see it was time to take that long trek to see family members in a far away town. But like any trip, it required preparation. We had a lot to do. In fact, we had to do some things that we normally wouldn’t do at 5:30 in the morning. Because of this realization, I simply hit the snooze button every 15 minutes to prolong the sleep, but also the agony of realizing that I was stealing more and more time away from the preparations that needed to be done. However I promised myself that after this time hitting the snooze I would get up.
You ever felt like that? Sleeping, but needing and in some way wanting to get up, but our body wants to continue on in the daze of semi-awareness of what we must do. Wanting to sleep, but also wanting to awake and get the day started. The Apostle Paul is speaking to a group of people just like that. These Roman Christians were such that felt like hitting the snooze button and sleep a little longer. They wanted to continue living in the Roman world as if it would go on forever. They wanted to simply hit the snooze button. You know when you hit the snooze button you don’t have to get up. When you hit the snooze button you delay the final reckoning.
God Waiting on Us
You know and understand what I am talking about. Some have just simply hit the snooze button on God’s plans for them. We are not ready to go forward so we do whatever it takes to lesson the call of duty or responsibility on our soul. Many have simply hit the snooze button. We have been sleeping and the time to wake up has come. The alarm clock is shouting at you to get up. Some folks alarm clock is a child that was unexpected and unanticipated. And too many of us have simply hit the snooze button to continue life as it has always been. Perhaps the alarm clock to your soul has been a graduation which means it is time to stop being a burden to begin bearing burdens, but then some just hit the snooze button. Perhaps the alarm clock to your soul has been the call of God into ministry, but instead of moving forward into God’s plan we hit the snooze button and go on to as if nothing has changed.
The snooze button is so comfortable. The bed is so comfortable. Sleep is so comfortable, but we also must acknowledge that this sleep after an alarm ain’t really sweet. When God needs you to get up the sleep is not so sweet. And sometimes God will do whatever God has to do to wake us up from that rest of semi consciousness.
Paul Yells Wake Up!!
This is the kind of sleep that caused Paul to yell in exasperation, “Wake up” in our text. Wake up. You have been sleeping. You have just continued to hit the snooze button every 15 minutes. But wake up. Time is running out. Paul reminds us that it is closer to the Second Advent than when we first believed. Paul reminds us that the night is just about to be over and it is day time. Wake up. You can’t continue to live in the day as if it is the day. Sleeping is alright during the nighttime, but it is day time now. Wake up. And that is the first thing that our text tells us to do today. The text is reminding us that it is time to Wake up because it is the time to do what God has called you to do.
What Will You Throw Off?
But more than wake up. Paul is telling the Roman Christians and us that we gotta throw off some stuff. Your text says “put off” but that is not as strong as the original. The original says to “throw off” the darkness. You see when it is morning time you need to take some stuff off. When I got up that morning I had to throw off my pajamas. I had to throw off the covers. You see sleeping attire ain’t the same thing as day attire. Sleeping attire just keeps you comfortable for the night, but day attire is meant to help you in your efforts to do what needs to be done in the day time.