December 23

Romans 13:11-14

“Besides this, you know what time it is, how it is now the moment for you to wake from sleep. For salvation is nearer to us now than when we became believers; the night is far gone, the day is near.” vss. 11-12a

It’s hard to believe, but Advent is almost over. Christmas is on the horizon, though it’s shape may be much different than in prior years. It’s interesting how quickly the days of December have passed–even though each one has seemed pretty much like another, without our even noticing, nearly a whole month has slipped by. That’s the way it is with time–it passes without our notice, and sometimes it gets away from us altogether. Paul tells the people in Rome to take note of the time–and to act before it was too late. Perhaps there were decisions that they were sleeping on, or behavioral changes that they’d been delaying. He said that it was time to wake up–and behave like children of the light. It’s a good reminder that we don’t have to wait until Christmas to start showing the Christmas Spirit, whatever that may mean for us! It’s crazy how often we know what living in Christ requires–but still we delay. It’s kind of like lying in bed in the morning knowing we should get up–but it’s just so cozy under the covers. Maybe it’s time to stop being “undercover” children of God–and get out of bed!

Thought for the Day: What is the Christian Spirit?

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