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Not Just A Resolution 1.5.20

Most of us underestimate what we can do in the long-term, but we overestimate what we can do in the short-term.

Romans 13

11 And do this, understanding the present time: The hour has already come for you to wake up from your slumber, because our salvation is nearer now than when we first believed. 12 The night is nearly over; the day is almost here. So let us put aside the deeds of darkness and put on the armor of light. 13 Let us behave decently, as in the daytime, not in carousing and drunkenness, not in sexual immorality and debauchery, not in dissension and jealousy. 14 Rather, clothe yourselves with the Lord Jesus Christ, and do not think about how to gratify the desires of the flesh.

Salvation occurs in three phases: justification, where you are saved from the penalty of sin. When you get to Heaven, glorification, and sanctification where you are being daily transformed into the likeness of Christ as you surrender to Him.

Verse 13 in the Message says, “We can’t afford to waste a minute, must not squander these precious daylight hours in frivolity and indulgence, in sleeping around and dissipation, in bickering and grabbing everything in sight. Get out of bed and get dressed! Don’t loiter and linger, waiting until the very last minute.” Does that describe life for many?

THE POINT: The ways you let in become the ways you are set in.

3 major observations from Romans 13.

#1: Time is not on your side.

11 And do this, understanding the present time: The hour has already come for you to wake up from your slumber, because our salvation is nearer now than when we first believed.

There’s two Greek words for time. One is chronos, and the other is kairos. Chronos is, like, we would have a chronograph function on a watch. That’s just generic time. Kairos means strategic time, specific time.

12 The night is nearly over; the day is almost here. So let us put aside the deeds of darkness and put on the armor of light.

He’s referring to the end of life, which, by the way, is hurtling towards you at breakneck speeds.

Listen to how David put it in Psalm 39.

“Show me, Lord, my life’s end
    and the number of my days;
    let me know how fleeting my life is.
You have made my days a mere handbreadth; the span of my years is as nothing before you.
Everyone is but a breath,even those who seem secure.

Psalm 90 puts it this way:

10 Our days may come to seventy years,or eighty, if our strength endures;
yet the best of them are but trouble and sorrow,for they quickly pass, and we fly away.

Look at verse 12:

12 Teach us to number our days,that we may gain a heart of wisdom.

Peter said, quoting the prophet Isaiah in 1 Peter 1:

24 For, “All people are like grass,and all their glory is like the flowers of the field; the grass withers and the flowers fall,
25     but the word of the Lord endures forever.”

Your life is just grass. Your life is just a flower. But through listening to God’s Word, we can tap into something that’s forever, something that’s eternal.

#2 Future you is simply an exaggerated version of current you.

Time doesn’t change who you are. It reveals who you are and makes you more of who you are.

Proverbs 11:27

27 Whoever seeks good finds favor, but evil comes to one who searches for it.

Proverbs 26:27 New International Version (NIV)

27 Whoever digs a pit will fall into it; if someone rolls a stone, it will roll back on them.

It’s never too late to NOT harden your heart but to yield and to repent and to stop living for the flower and the grass but to start living for the Word of God.

#3 Ongoing consistency is much more important than short-term intensity.

Romans 13:

14 Rather, clothe yourselves with the Lord Jesus Christ, and do not think about how to gratify the desires of the flesh.

THE POINT: The ways you let in become the ways you are set in.

We have less time today than we did yesterday.  Time is not on our side, so let’s be consistently following God’s ways, instilling His Word into our lives each day so that we can be transformed as we go through the process of sanctification!  What will the next 5 years look like for you?