This Month's Promise

“Jesus said ..., “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies.”

- (John 11:25)

Read: Luke 12: 45–47


“You also must be ready because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect Him.” (Luke 12:40)

Jesus Christ is coming soon. But are we ready to meet Him? In the parable mentioned in Luke 12 , Jesus said, “The master of that servant will come on a day when he does not expect Him and at an hour he is not aware of. He will cut him to pieces and assign him a place with the unbelievers.” (verse 46). This is not the only verse in the Scripture, that the believers are warned against spiritual unreadiness. Paul writes in Romans 13:11-14, the hour has come for you to wake up from your slumber. The night is nearly over, the day is almost here.

Dear friends, we, believers need to wake up from our spiritual sleep - from unresponsiveness and inactivity concerning the things of God. Paul tells us that, we who wait and work for our Lord’s return must “put off” one thing and “put on” something else. Put aside the deeds of darkness and put on the armor of light. (Romans 13:1,2) He lists some deeds of darkness. We are to discard revelry and drunkenness. In other words, don’t party and drink! It seems almost ridiculous to bring up such an issue among Christians, but it is true that more and more “believers” becoming lack in this very area. Second, avoid immorality. We should reject sexual immorality and debauchery (lust). The word “lust” is one of the ugliest terms in the Greek language. It describes not only someone given to immorality, but someone incapable of feeling shame. Third, avoid strife and envy - dissension and jealousy. These terms refer to persistent contention, disagreements and enmity. Those who posses these qualities fight to get their own way, even it means causing harm to others. So what should we do as believers, while we await the Lord’s return? Paul writes clothe yourselves with the Lord Jesus Christ and do not think about how to gratify the desires of the sinful nature. (verse 14 ). As we put on our clothes every morning to cover ourselves and make us presentable to others, let us “put on Christ” as we get up in the morning and make Him an integral part of our life that day.

PRAYER: Heavenly Father, let me put off the deeds of darkness in my life and put on the armor of light. Let me clothe myself with Jesus every day. As J.B. Phillips says, let us be Christ’s men from head to foot and give no chances to the flesh to have its fling. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.