1 Thessalonians 5:5-11 (NIV)
“5 You are all children of the light and children of the day. We do not belong to the night or to the darkness. 6 So then, let us not be like others, who are asleep, but let us be awake and sober. 7 For those who sleep, sleep at night, and those who get drunk, get drunk at night. 8 But since we belong to the day, let us be sober, putting on faith and love as a breastplate, and the hope of salvation as a helmet. 9 For God did not appoint us to suffer wrath but to receive salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ. 10 He died for us so that, whether we are awake or asleep, we may live together with him. 11 Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.”
In addressing the Thessalonian Christians, Paul makes a clear statement with profound imagery – LIGHT! Paul charges the Christians to live as sons of the light and day. God called them and us to live as Christ-like examples in a dark world. This light shines bright for all to see! We are no longer to live covered in darkness, hiding, sinful, and shameful. As believers, God’s light within us should be a beacon for all to see and be attracted to. This true light that can only come from God has the power to illuminate and clear all darkness away.
We learn through this passage to also remain alert and watchful in the Spirit. We should never allow our spiritual life to fall asleep! This takes work: actively participating in the relationship with our Creator. What does this look like for you in your life? (Prayer, Quiet Time, Meditation on God, Praise & Worship, Church Attendance, Bible Study, Small Groups, Accountability Partners, etc.)
Challenge: Do not be a “sleeping” Christian! We must go and minister to the needy, save the lost, heal the sick, and deliever the oppressed ALL under the authority and covering of Jesus alone. There is no other power or authority than Jesus. As we go into daily spiritual battle, we put on our spiritual armor and remain ALERT!
Praise God that we have received everlasting life with the Father through the acceptance of His Son Jesus Christ! Therefore, we are promised salvation and not wrath-yes and amen! Let us continue to build each other up and rebuke selfishness as we work as one body in Christ.
Question: What will you do today to remain in the light and awake in the Spirit?