Living overseas, our family had a big gentle German Shepherd. We had a large, forested yard and she was mostly outside. One day a leopard got her. She must have given him quite a fight and she survived. After that, she wanted to come inside at night and was very careful to stay close to the house. As time passed she, and we as a family, became more relaxed. We all became inattentive. And after 2 years a leopard struck again…
Paul advises us in today’s passage to wake up! The day of Jesus’ return is near; the night is almost over. Paul concludes, “Therefore let us lay aside the deeds of darkness and put on the armour of light“ (v12b).
Paul calls for us to have a proactive lifestyle! It costs to stay close to Jesus. It means staying in communication with Jesus through Bible reading, prayer, memorizing Scripture, etc. It is effort to put the armour of light on. Read Ephesians 6:10-20.
In Colossians 3 Paul elaborates what it means to put on the Lord Jesus Christ. “Therefore, if you have been raised up with Christ, keep seeking the things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your mind on the things above, not on the things that are on earth.” (v1,2) What a challenge! Make it yours!
- Pray through the prayer section in our program.
- Pray for our Congregational Life Pastor, Mike Bartusek and his family.
- Pray for all our small group leaders.
- Pray for our Hospitality Coordinator, Irene Dickau.