Church, we need to wake up.
The following verses have been really convicting me and making me look in the mirror. And honestly, what I’m seeing in my spiritual mirror is falling short. We have to do better.
“And do this, understanding the present time: The hour has already come for you to wake up from your slumber, because our salvation is nearer now than when we first believed.”
The verse begins “And do this” which is referencing the passage just before it, verses 8-10:
“Let no debt remain outstanding, except the continuing debt to love one another, for whoever loves others has fulfilled the law. The commandments… are summed up in this one command: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ Love does no harm to a neighbor. Therefore love is the fulfillment of the law.”
The writers of the New Testament believed that Jesus was going to return during their lifetime. They believed they had little time to travel and spread the Gospel. Yet, even in their urgency, they kept the focus on:
Notice that in urging the Church to wake up, the Bible tells us that the urgency is to love. It doesn’t tell us to judge people or tell them they’re going to hell. Not argue with other believers over who has the best doctrine. Not bicker in debates over mega churches, mid-size churches or home churches. The Bible doesn’t tell us that the hope of the world rests in our ability to put on a killer Sunday morning performance with the best sound & video (and fog machines).
It doesn’t tell us to protest pop culture, hate homosexuals or atheists, or complain when the government doesn’t promote our religion over others. No, it tells us to love. Jesus said people would know we are His followers by our love.
The hope for the world is the love of Jesus.
Church, we need to wake up and show the world who Jesus is. We need to tell them why He died for us. We need to show them how He’s changed us.
We have got to show them His love.