I was sleeping so well. Completely relaxed and having wonderful dreams. Happy to escape life through a few hours of slumber.
It’s not a bad thing. It’s necessary for survival…to rest…relax…regain strength.
However, too much of a good thing can turn to overindulgence. Moderation in all things, right?
The person who sleeps too much is also called lazy.
I’ve been contemplating the words from Romans 13:
Pay all your debts, except the debt of love for others. You can never finish paying that! If you love your neighbor, you will fulfill all the requirements of God’s law. For the commandments against adultery and murder and stealing and coveting––and any other commandment––are all summed up in this one commandment: “Love your neighbor as yourself.” Love does no wrong to anyone, so love satisfies all of God’s requirements.
Another reason for right living is that you know how late it is; time is running out. Wake up, for the coming of our salvation is nearer now than when we first believed. The night is almost gone; the day of salvation will soon be here. So don’t live in darkness. Get rid of your evil deeds. Shed them like dirty clothes. Clothe yourselves with the armor of right living, as those who live in the light. We should be decent and true in everything we do, so that everyone can approve of our behavior. Don’t participate in wild parties and getting drunk, or in adultery and immoral living, or in fighting and jealousy. But let the Lord Jesus Christ take control of you, and don’t think of ways to indulge your evil desires.
Another reason for right living is that you know how late it is; time is running out.
Wake up, for the coming of our salvation is nearer now than when we first believed.
The night is almost gone; the day of salvation will soon be here.
Sleep allows us to put responsibilities on hold. Sure, I’ll take a nap when my body needs rest. But, sometimes, when I just want to quit thinking, I’ll catch 40 winks. It’s a great way to stop caring for a while, to give myself a break.
Sleep, in this passage, is much the same. It is spiritual apathy. It is possible to fall asleep in our journey of salvation. We may choose to put “right living” on the shelf and clothe ourselves in darkness for a time, but Paul is calling the Roman Christians (and us) to wake up. To remember.
Remember, we are people of the day. The night is almost over and we need to be ready, clothed in the armor of right living. As we’re sleeping we’re missing opportunities to be the light He’s called us to be. If this weren’t the case, then Paul would not have needed to remind Christians to wake up.
If you’re snoozing, don’t nap long.
Wake up, O Sleeper!