CAN IT REALLY BE THAT SIMPLE?

ROMANS 13:12-14:  “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.” (ESV)

OBSERVATION:  The “day” is at hand!  What “day” is this referring to?  It is the “Day of the Lord”, the culmination of all things.  Paul sees this day growing ever closer.  Seeing this he is called to action, and calls the church to action.  There is no time left to dabble in those things that we know have their root in darkness.  It is time for us to cast off these works and to put on the armor of light.  I think most Christians would agree with this statement, but we struggle with how to do this.

Paul lists some of the negative things that we need to cast off.  They are both external and internal sins.  Yet, this list is not exhaustive by any means.  It seems that Paul is using some of the more common sins his listeners would be familiar with, that their culture struggled with, as a means of contrast and example.  But, making lists really never accomplishes the end goal.  The problem with lists is that they are never complete.  We always forget something, or we consciously or subconsciously omit something important from that list.  Lists will never help us walk properly as in the daytime.

Lists also lead to pride.  Entire denominations have been started around “lists”.  The First Church of the “I don’t ———— (fill in the blank), and so on.  Lists allow us to look at others judgmentally while we justify ourselves.  They give us a false sense of security and assurance.  However, they may still leave us walking in darkness.  So what is the answer?  How do we cast off the works of darkness so that we can put on the armor of light?

Paul exhorts us to “Put on the Lord Jesus Christ”!  He speaks of this like the act of putting on a coat.  This is exactly what he means.  In Ephesians 6 Paul speaks about putting on the “Full Armor” of God.  In essence this is putting on the “fullness” of Jesus Christ, or simply – putting on the Lord Jesus Christ.  Every area of our life is covered.  The helmet of salvation, the breastplate of righteousness, the belt of truth, our feet covered with the Gospel of peace, and our hands fully occupied with the sword of the Spirit and the shield of faith.  There is no room, no opportunity, and no time to be involved in the works of darkness when you are fully engaged with the “fulness of Jesus Christ”!

This is a simple thought and a simple concept.  The most powerful things in life are really simple.  Why do we always try to complicate them?  We need to “simply” embrace them.  When we are all decked out in our finest clothes for a wedding or a special event we have not desire to play in the mud.  When we are clothed in the Lord Jesus Christ we have no desire to play in the darkness.  There are no lists needed.  The light reveals and dispels.  Victory is found as we abide in Christ, as we abide in His light, as we walk after the Spirit!  It is that simple!

Lord, this morning cleanse me and clothe me in Your righteousness.  May I put on Your fullness today and make no provision for the flesh.  Be my strength and victory.  In Jesus Name!

About Kirk's Devotional Journal

Kirk L. Zehnder is the Founder of Resurrection Christian Outreach. RCO is a ministry that promotes the growth and vitality of the local church through speaking engagements, seminars, various media tools, and written curriculum and books. This ministry was started over 35 years ago by Kirk as a means to strengthen the church that he was pastoring. It grew as Kirk began to share these tools with other churches. Today many of the materials are being used by local churches both nationally and internationally. Kirk's Devotional Journal is a result of struggling with Bible reading programs that never seemed to work. Kirk feels the Lord helped him discover an easy to follow program to Read, Reflect, Pray, and Journal through the Bible in one year. This program is called L.I.F.E. Unlike other programs there are no dates to follow. You can miss a day and still complete your reading. You never feel like the dates and verses you missed are chasing you. You are free to enjoy your daily Biblical journey and listen to the voice of The Lord. For more information on the L.I.F.E. plan, send an email to rcoutreach@aol.com. Kirk is also available for speaking engagements, seminars, and retreats. With over 40 years of professional business and pastoral ministry experience, Kirk brings a unique combination of practical wisdom, humor, and Biblical insight. If you would like Kirk to speak at your church, school, or ministry, please send an email to rcoutreach@aol.com and we will get back to you as soon as possible to discuss your opportunity.
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