1Th. 5:5-7 For you are all children of light, children of the day. We are not of the night or of the darkness. So then let us not sleep, as others do, but let us keep awake and be sober. For those who sleep, sleep at night, and those who get drunk, are drunk at night.
One of the challenges Christians have is the temptation of comparing our behavior and standards of living with the fallen culture all around us. That is dangerous and is filled with all sorts of consequences. The world we live in is in a death spiral, it is racing toward judgement as it throws off all the remainder of restraints left from the time our nation was a Christian nation. In today’s scripture, the Apostle Paul is warning the Christians of his day about the danger of the intoxication of worldly behavior. From His perspective, drunkenness and spiritual apathy is the fruit of being effected by the world around us. When we put on Christ in worship, prayer, and searching the scriptures we being to reflect the light of Christ. We become beacons of light in the darkness of this world. Here are some thoughts from the Fire Bible on today’s passage.
“The word “self-controlled” (nepho) had two meanings in NT times. The literal meaning refers to “a state of abstinence from wine,” “to drink no wine,” “to be completely unaffected by wine” or “to be sober.” It also carries a meaning of alertness or self-control. Here it suggests spiritual alertness and discipline in every aspect of life, so as not to get caught up in worldly pleasures, worries or spiritual distractions that could cause believers to become unfaithful to the Lord and unprepared for his return. The context here suggests that Paul was not excluding the literal meaning and implications of this word. The phrase “let us be alert and self-controlled” is contrasted with the phrase in the following verse, “those who get drunk, get drunk at night”. In this way, Paul’s contrast of neüphoü with physical drunkenness would indicate that he was including the literal meaning of “abstinence from wine.”
So really there are only two ways I can live my life. I can succumb to the drunken behavior of the world (everyone sets their own standard of how much foolishness is acceptable) or I can choose the other life being promoted by Paul. What was the life of choice for Paul? Full on passion in the pursuit of joy in God. Let’s go for it. There is not much daylight left!!!!