The night is almost gone; the day of salvation will soon be here. So remove your dark deeds like dirty clothes, and put on the shining armor of right living. Because we belong to the day, we must live decent lives for all to see. – Romans 13:12-13
If you’re keeping up with my weekly men’s Bible-study readings (“Iron Sharpens Iron”), this morning we continued our Romans discussion through chapter 13. It’s an interesting read, with a whole lot of questions around Paul’s apparent carte-blanche endorsement of ALL government authority.
What really got our attention, and mine in particular, was the above passage. Such beautiful language and imagery, and such an inviting idea for those of us interested in living a more eloquent testimony to the transformational life that faith can release.
I love the imagery of getting out of filthy clothes, being refreshed in a torrent of God’s love, and being dressed in light.
“Because we belong to the day,” Paul writes. And I find myself thinking about Revelation 21, where the gates of the City of God are always open during the day, “and there is no night there.”
“For the glory of God is its light, and its lamp is the Lamb. The nations will walk by its light, and the kings of the earth will bring their glory into it. Its gates will never be shut by day—and there will be no night there.” – 23-25
We belong to the day! I’m not sure I can think of a more concise summation of what it means to live as a passionate follower of the Living Way of Jesus.
- I belong to the day;
- there is no night in the presence of God;
- “In Jesus was/is life, and the life was/is the light of all people.” (John 1:4)
How, then should we live? Remove the dirty clothes, put on the shining armor of right living, and remember that – because of Jesus – we belong to the day.
Remembering that we belong to the day helps make, “putting on the shining armor of right living” a more natural response.
Peace, and Promise – DEREK
Derek has published seven books in the past decade (you can find them at https://www.amazon.com/Derek-Maul/e/B001JS9WC4), and there's always something new in the works.
Before becoming a full-time writer, Derek taught public school in Florida for eighteen years, including cutting-edge work with autistic children. He holds bachelor's degrees in psychology and education from Stetson University and the University of West Florida.
Derek is active in teaching at his church: adult Sunday school, and a men's Bible study/spiritual formation group. He enjoys the outdoors, traveling, photography, reading, cooking, playing guitar, and golf.