Many churches throughout the world use a Bible reading schedule called a "lectionary." It's just a fancy word meaning "selected readings." Posts like this reflect on the readings for an upcoming Sunday or other Church holiday, as found in the three-year lectionary.
This Sunday’s Epistle reading, from Romans 13:11-14, points out that the Christian is to be aware of the coming of the Lord. As Jesus, the light of the world, is coming, his people need to be walking in the truth. The metaphor of changing clothes is used here. As we would lay aside some clothes and put on other clothes, we put off the works of darkness and put on the works of light.
The life of the Christian is to be dedicated to the good which God has articulated in His Word. Rather than following our own impulses and desires, we put on Christ and his desires. Elsewhere in his letter to the Romans Paul is very clear that our salvation is not based on our actions. However, here he points out that our actions in life are very important. Many commentators have observed that the life of good works is especially good for our neighbors. As Jesus lived, died, and rose again for the good of others, we also live for the good of those around us.
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