When I wake my children up in the mornings, I have been known to say, “Rise and shine.” Of course, the phrase is nothing new. For years, it has been used to get people out of the bed.
There is another wake-up call going out to the church in America. When I reference the church, I am not talking about a building. I am referring to people in America who have accepted Jesus as Savior. The wake-up call that is going out is from the Holy Spirit warning the American church, and I will extend this as far the church in the Western part of the world, to get up and be at the ready.
The Night is Far Spent
Romans 3:12-14 echo and confirm the call that the Holy Spirit is sending out to God’s people. The first portion of verse 12 states that the night is far spent, meaning the time for sleeping is over. The church, as a whole, has been asleep spiritually for quite some time. While morals are rapidly decaying and America is sinking like the Titanic, God’s people are trying to find a way to blend in with the culture because they do not want to stand out. This is a mistake.
There is not one scripture in the Bible in which we are commanded to blend in. I am not suggesting that we make ourselves completely conspicuous by screaming at people with which we disagree, but I am declaring that God’s people need to lose the politically correct mentally, especially when that mentality is not biblically correct.
If you take issue with my words, then it is time for you to go to the Lord and ask Him to renew you. Ask Him to light a fire in you that will make you bold as He wants you to be. Boldness and love can go hand in hand. You can disagree with wrong doing and remain in love. 1 Corinthians 13:6 says that love does not rejoice in wrongdoing. In other words, love speaks out when someone needs help. Our nation needs help! We are divided over politics as immorality becomes more brazen.
The Day Is at Hand
After stating that the night is far spent, the passage goes on to say that the day is at hand. The word “day” can have several meanings depending upon the context. In the Bible, when the words “the day” is used, it is commonly referring to the coming of Christ or judgment. Although no one knows the exact timing of the Lord’s return, there are signs we can look for. The decaying morals of our culture is one of those signs. There are many others, but I do not have time to go into those right now.
What I find interesting is that “the day” refers to judgment in some cases. There is a final judgment after the return of Christ, but often there are judgments that people and nations reap on the basis of what they have sown. The day is at hand means that you and I no longer have time to fuss and argue over petty issues. We need to spend that time in prayer and fasting for our nation and for the church in America. We need revival. We need to demonstrate the love of God. People need to know that they have hope, and Jesus Christ alone is that hope. They will not know there is hope if you and I are too busy trying to blend in. We have to stand out. We need to rise and shine, taking our place in the body of Christ.
Wake up, people of God! Wake up, church! It is time to rise and shine. It is time to cast off the works of darkness and put on the armor of light. Finally, let that light shine.