by Pastor Lee Hemen
March 5, 2008
You are all sons of the light and sons of the day. We do not belong to the night or to the darkness. So then, let us not be like others, who are asleep, but let us be alert and self-controlled. For those who sleep, sleep at night, and those who get drunk, get drunk at night. But since we belong to the day, let us be self-controlled, putting on faith and love as a breastplate, and the hope of salvation as a helmet. (1 Thessalonians 5:5-8)
Why do you allow yourself to get involved in things you know are part and parcel with darkness? Sure, you do well where the big gross things are concerned but it is in the little things, the small stuff that slips from your lips or falls from your actions. You know what I mean. A movie that you know you should not watch, you do. A book you should not read, but you do. A conversation you are part of but should have walked away from. Anger that rises up from within you that mocks sarcastically someone who took your parking spot, cut you off on the highway, or you mutter about the person who dares bring 12 items into the 10 item check out line! Then there are those of us who seek to assuage our souls knowing that our weak faith is maintained by soothing our conscience by going to the worship show rather than actually being prepared and ready to go to the house of the Lord and actually worship God. We allow others to make us “feel” good about God instead of actually serving Him by joining a church and getting involved in its ministry. We think that one little sip of alcohol will not harm us? Yet it muddles our minds and confuses our hearts for the Lord. When we drink earthly spirits, the Holy One cannot influence our lives.
We love to say we are the “children of God” and that we share in the light of God, yet we are asleep, drowsed by our earthly conformity, and out of control with our lives in Christ. What should we do? Paul answers us by reminding us to be “self-controlled.” Decide right now to control your natural desires to do what you want, and instead seek to serve your Master and Redeemer. Clothe yourself with the breastplate of “faith and love” to protect your heart for the Lord. Place the safety helmet of God’s salvation on your head to remind yourself Who you serve and why you serve Him. In other words think before you act and act as if you were walking with Jesus Himself because you are.
Stop falling asleep in your justified sin and walk in the light of day awake and alert in Jesus. This day, do not be like all the others in the world, be like Jesus.
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