Friday, April 2, 2010

Awake! The Day Is At Hand

You know the time, that the hour has come for you to awake out of sleep. For salvation is nearer to us now than when we first believed. The night is almost over, and the day is at hand: let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armor of light. Let us walk honestly, as in the day; not in the ways of darkness. (Romans 13:11-13)

Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of these things the wrath of God comes upon the sons of disobedience. Therefore do not be partakers with them; for at one time you were darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light (for the fruit of the Light consists in all goodness and righteousness and truth), and try to discern what is pleasing to the Lord. Have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather expose them. For it is shameful even to speak of the things that they do in secret. But everything that is exposed to the light becomes visible, for it is the light that makes everything visible. This is why it is said: "Wake up, O sleeper, rise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you." So be careful how you live. Don't live like fools, but like those who are wise. (Ephesians 5:6-15)

You are all the children of light, and the children of the day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness. Therefore, we must not fall asleep like other people, but we must stay awake and be sober. (1 Thessalonians 5:5-6)