Now it is high time to awake out of sleep; . . . let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armor of light—Romans 13:11-12
David said that God Himself wore light like a garment.
Psa. 104:2 covering yourself with light as with a garment,
stretching out the heavens like a tent.
In today’s verse Paul is describing the effect of putting on Christ as a garment in a dark world, we appear to shine as lights in the darkness. Should we be surprised by this? After all, Jesus said that as long as we are in the world we are the light of the world.
I have seen shocking changes in our world during my life time. When I was a young child it was not unusual for teachers to pray with their students in public school. I had an elderly teacher when I was in second grade by the name of Mrs. Childs. I clearly remember the time of daily prayer she shared with us. Today, she would lose her job and be ostracized. Clearly, dark forces have seized control at the highest levels of our nation. Listen to the passion of the words of A.B. Simpson as he exhorts us to put on the armor of light.
“Let us wake out of sleep, let us be alert, let us be alive to the great necessities that really concern us. Let us put off the garments of the night and the indulgences of the night, the loose robes of pleasure and the flowing garments of repose. The festal pleasures of the hours of darkness are not for the children of the day. Let us cast off the works of darkness. Let us arm ourselves for the day. As we put on our clothes let us put on our weapons, for we are stepping out into a land of enemies and a world of dangers. Let us put on the helmet of salvation, the breastplate of righteousness and the shield of faith. Let us stand armed and vigilant as the dangers of the last days gather around us.
Let us put on the Lord Jesus Christ. He is our robe of day-not our own works or righteousness, but the person and righteousness of the Lord Jesus Christ, who gave us His very life and becomes to us our All-Sufficiency.”
Shine, brothers and sisters, shine! As we put on Christ daily we are making a profound difference. We act as a restraining force against the onslaught of darkness and also as a lighthouse beckoning to the seeking souls in their journey to salvation.