As you do all this, you know what time it is. The hour has already come for you to wake up from your sleep. Now our salvation is nearer than when we first had faith. (Rom 13:11, CEB)
“As you do all this…” All what? What Paul has talked about through Romans 12 and 13. This is about living the transformed life. This is about a people who will finally step away from the conformity to this world and rise up to the higher call of living out the Kingdom in power.
It is time for the transformation of the saints to take hold. It is time to hunger for his presence, hunger for his kingdom, and allow the transforming work of the Spirit have the authority in our lives.
It is time to wake up.
A baptism of holiness, a demonstration of godly living is the crying need of our day.
– Duncan Campbell
I am beginning to read through 1-2 Corinthians for next week’s service. One of the things we just don’t like to talk about in American Christianity is expectations. Not of each other… but God’s expectations of us. There is a higher calling. We have to “give up to go up.” We are live with the allegiance of a Kingdom in mind.
And we are to be willing to be transformed.
2 Cor. 3:18 talks about being transformed into the image of Christ. The word for image is where we get “icon.” In the Orthodox Church that has significance. There is a high view of humanity. In fundamentalist circles… we’re worms.
But the expectation is clear. Not that we really want to go for it. We are to be icons of Christ. How we walk… live… talk… reflects Christ.
And I thought when I got up this morning my biggest goal would be to exercise…