Romans 13:11-14. Besides this you know the time, that the hour has come for you to wake from sleep. For salvation is nearer to us now than when we first believed. 12 The night is far gone; the day is at hand. So then let us cast off the works of darkness and put on the armor of light. 13 Let us walk properly as in the daytime, not in orgies and drunkenness, not in sexual immorality and sensuality, not in quarreling and jealousy. 14 But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to gratify its desires.
Jesus could come back today. And this reality should change how we live. Yesterday, we introduced this mini-series of three “Morning Questions” playing off Paul’s metaphor of waking up at dawn. Yesterday’s question was “Are you awake?” Today we’ll ask question #2:
What are you going to wear today?
Romans 13:12b;14. So then let us cast off the works of darkness and put on the armor of light… put on the Lord Jesus Christ.
What we put on for the day says a lot about us and about our mindset. If you wake up in the morning and stay in your jammies and fuzzy slippers all day, maybe even a bathrobe, this wardrobe choice tells the world something about your readiness for the day. If you were (God forbid) in a situation where a terrorist was going to attack and you looked around and saw pajama guy standing next to a police officer in full S.W.A.T. gear, who would you approach for help?
What we wear matters.
Oh no…has your spiritual life turned into a pajama party?
This is why Paul tells us to not only wake up, but also get dressed. Put on the armor of light. Remember we are living in the time between dark and light – The night is far gone; the day is at hand. The light needs to be extended in order to overcome the dark. We are in a battle to overcome evil with good. We are warriors in the Kingdom of Light battling the Kingdom of Darkness (Col. 1:13).
But what is this armor of light? My good deeds? My morality? My knowledge? My politics? My religion? My status?
When Paul says put on the armor of light and put on the Lord Jesus Christ, he’s saying the same thing. Jesus IS our armor of light. Jesus IS the light of the world. He IS perfection and righteousness. He IS love. Being in Christ gives us access to his resurrection power. We don’t just get dressed to fight FOR him. We put him on. He fights THROUGH US. We are wearing him. We animate him. We give him a body. He loves through us (12:9-21; 13:8-10). Brings justice through us (13:1-7). Sacrifices through us (12:1-2). Serves through us (12:3-8). Shares his saving grace through us.
Let’s make this perfectly clear though. Putting on Christ and putting on his armor are NOT what make you righteous. You already ARE righteous because of your union with Christ. Putting on is not about becoming, it is about doing what you have already become. It is precisely because we are IN CHRIST and CHRIST is IN US that we can put him on like clothing, like armor, like S.W.A.T. gear and go out and face the day with all of it’s potential dangers, toils, and snares. “To put on Christ is to embrace him to whom we already belong (Cranfield).”
“To live is Christ” is to be able to put on Christ. To give life to his life. To imitate him and represent him and his righteousness to the world. A world that is living in the dawn of time. So get out of your jammies and go fight for the world. Fight for Christ. Fight with the weapons of grace and love. Fight with the good news. Before it’s too late.
Jesus could come back today. Do you believe this? What are you wearing?