Word for the Day
It is already the hour for you to awaken from sleep; for now salvation is nearer to us than when we believed. (Romans 13:11)
Pastor Spencer - The "hour" here is the New Testament period, when the grace of the Gospel has an opportunity to convert souls for eternal salvation. The "sleep" Paul speaks of here is the sleep of unfruitful faith, as in James' "faith without works is dead." The fact is that every turn of the calendar, every new day, and indeed every tick of the clock brings the Final Judgment closer and closer. Make no mistake, it WILL come! It may not seem like it, as the old sun keeps rising each day, and the days continue to roll, turning into weeks, months, and years, seemingly without end. But the Last Day is actually just around the corner. Thus, every day is the time when ALL true Believers need to wear their faith on their sleeves so to speak, to be seen and known as the Believers they are, to bring attention to the Gospel of Christ, and so be a tool in the hands of the Holy Spirit to work faith in the hearts of unbelievers. God did not send angels to do this work. He sends US, each and every one of us. We dare not sleep-walk through our lives as though we did not even know God, His salvation, or that the days of this world are truly numbered. Rise and shine, Believers, and draw others to Christ. Do it today, before it's too late!