“And this, knowing the seasons that already it is high time for you to awake out of sleep: for now is salvation nearer to us than when we first believed” (Rom. 13:11). There is an urgency here; time is slipping away very fast, and it is time to be diligent in doing those things that need to be done! This admonition emphasizes there must be an urgency concerning living right, because of the brevity of life.
The word, “knowing,” (eidotes) means to make sure that you understand. The phrase, “high time,” (tov kairos) means a critical period. What critical period of time is meant? The day of “our salvation;” the day when we shall meet the Lord face to face.
Time is very important for without time, man is no more. Therefore, it is critical for every person to know the threat of time. In verse 11, the believer is to know the time. Verse 12 “the night is far spent, the day is at hand: let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armor of light.” The night here refers to one’s life on earth. The day is at hand refers to the second coming of Christ. Christians must cast off the works of darkness, that is, they must lay aside the deeds of idleness and worldly concerns.
Too many believers are slumbering and paying no attention to what is going on in the world. Too many are complacent and asleep at the stick. Paul is describing a spiritual condition called, “sleep,” and calls for people to wake up out of it which shows the dangers involved in it. The person who sleeps is in a state of insensibility and does not know anything that is going on around him. Paul says it is time to “wake up” (egeiro) and be aroused and stirred. It is time to get up and act now before it is too late.
The application is twofold. First, get up and pay attention and look at the world situation. We can no longer not challenge our corrupt government policies and not take a Biblical stand for the truth. We can no longer sit on the sidelines and give in to the sin of tolerance which accepts anything and everything that society believes, regardless of what it is. We can no longer go along with the pressure to conform to our society on issues that conflict with the Bible (homosexuality, transgenderism, Sharia Law, political correctness, etc.).
Secondly, get up and pay attention to our commitment to serving the Lord. Too few are meeting the needs of the suffering and dying masses of the world. It is time to get up, move, and act.
The point is dramatic; judgment is almost here. The night is nearly over, the day is almost here. What day? The day that we will meet God face to face, either through death or through the Lord’s return.
In that day, I feel sure God is going to ask each Christian, “How many souls did you save?” “Why did you conform to the temporal world in your thoughts, deeds and actions?” “Why didn’t you stand up for the truth?”
God is going to ask non-Christians, “Why didn’t you obey the gospel plan of salvation and put on the armor of light?” My friends, time is fleeting. Let us do our duty (Luke 17:10).