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The night is far spent, the day is at hand.  Therefore, let us cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armor of light.  Let us walk properly, as in the day, not in revelry and drunkenness, nor in lewdness and lust, not in strife and envy.  But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to fulfill its lusts. – Romans 13:12-14

It’s Sunday morning and Mom has already gotten little Johnny dressed in his brand-new Easter outfit.  But while she and Dad are getting ready, Johnny decides not to waste a chance for playtime, so out he goes into the backyard.  By the time Mom discovers what’s happened, Johnny’s covered in dirt from head to toe!

One of the ways the Bible describes the concept of holiness is putting on a new self in the likeness of Christ (Ephesians 4:24; Colossians 3:10; Galatians 3:27).  The apostle Paul said that we should “put on the Lord Jesus Christ” (Romans 13:14).  In other words, we should seek to live lifestyles befitting those who have “cast off the works of darkness.”  Followers of Christ should strive to “make no provision for the flesh, to fulfill its lusts.”

Paul’s admonition was urgent because our Lord’s return is closer than ever!  “The night is far spent, the day is at hand.”  The time for fighting the good fight of faith is now and not later.  And of this we can be certain – whether Jesus returns in our lifetime or not, all of us are closer to seeing Him than ever before!

(Dr. Bryan Smith; Living In The Light)