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Romans 13:11-14

Wake Up

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Romans 13:11-14
Wake Up

By Lois Parker Edstrom

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What wakes you up in the morning? Is it the sun coming through your window? Is it a call from your mom or dad? Is it cars going by on the street? Is it noises in the house?

For kids who live on a farm it might be a rooster that wakes them up. In the morning, when the sun is coming up, the rooster begins to crow. He stands with his head tipped back, flaps his wings and makes a loud, crowing sound that can be heard over a long distance. He seems to say, “Wake up. The sun is shining. Get out of bed.”

There are words in the Bible that sound similar. The Apostle Paul tells us that we “do this, knowing the time that it is already time for you to awaken out of sleep” (13:11). He goes on to say, “The night is far gone, and the day is near. Let’s therefore throw off the works of darkness, and let’s put on the armor of light” (13:12).

He is telling us that light not only comes from the sun, but from the life of Jesus Christ. It is a kind of light that helps us know the difference between what is good and what is evil. The light that comes from Jesus helps us make good decisions about our behavior. It helps us recognize what is honorable conduct and what is conduct that we would rather hide or keep in the dark.

The words of the Apostle Paul remind us to: Wake up. Stand in the light that comes from Jesus and let that light help us to be the best persons we can be.

Scripture quotations from the World English Bible

Copyright 2007, Richard Niell Donovan