“And God said, ‘Let there be lights in the expanse of the heavens to separate the day from the night…” Often in Scripture night is used as a symbol for evil––a time when the enemy is on the prowl, and people are morally and spiritually asleep. For example Paul said:
“And [love your neighbor as yourself], understanding the present time. The hour has already come for you to wake up from your slumber, because our salvation is nearer now than when we first believed. The night is nearly over; the day is almost here. So let us put aside the deeds of darkness and put on the armor of light. Let us behave decently, as in the daytime, not in carousing and drunkenness, not in sexual immorality and debauchery, not in dissensions and jealousy. Rather, clothe yourselves with Jesus Christ, and do not think about how to gratify the desires of the sinful nature “(Rom. 13:11-14, TNIV).
Paul is communicating to the Romans that even though they live in the night (a time of darkness, selfishness and sin) they do not need to live like those who are of the night. Instead, he calls them to wake up. In other words, he exhorts: “Live like those of the day in the presence of the night. Be lights! And look forward with great anticipation the dawning of the day when the Lord Jesus shall return. Live in this future reality, the reality of the coming kingdom, in the midst of the falseness and facades. Remember the night will soon disappear!”
The person who lives for the coming day, living righteously and holy, is not old-fashioned. They are not living based on outdated morals; they are not living in the 21st century with 18th century clothes. Rather they are future-fashioned. They are modelling the reality that is to come; they are walking in the light of the day during this present darkness. They are a sign and a witness of what is to come, not of the past, which is fading away, but of the future which is about to break in like the morning sun.
Prayer: Father, we are people of the future Kingdom, living in that Kingdom here and now. You have fashioned us for the future; we are made for another age. We don’t fit into this age because we are futurists and visionaries, longing for the Kingdom that will come. Help us to live worthy of our calling in the here and now. May we live as children of the day, in Jesus’ name.