"And do this, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep; for now our salvation is nearer than when we first believed. The night is far spent, the day is at hand. Therefore let us cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armor of light. Let us walk properly, as in the day, not in revelry and drunkenness, not in lewdness and lust, not in strife and envy. But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to fulfill its lusts." Romans 13:11,12
I sat on the soft, comfy sofa staring up at a cuckoo clock. It fit perfectly in my Aunt Dorothy's den. It was a dark, cozy room. The walls were pine boards with a large rock fireplace that took up one whole wall with a black insert that held real burning wood which was the focal point of the room. Her house always smelled like campfires which as a kid I loved. There was a large oval rug of warm, woodsy colors and large wooden end tables and a long, rectangle coffee table to match that welcomed everyone that visited to relax and put their feet up. But let's go back to the cuckoo clock, it hung on my Aunt's wall commanding attention, so confident of its job while it hung there.
The cuckoo clock is powered by gravity, which I did not know at the time. It had two burnished-bronze pine cone weights hanging symmetrically down the wall, one powered the time keeping perfect ticking with each minute and the other powered the cuckoo calling which was a cute little bird that would pop out and whistle an announcement that the new hour had begun (or the old hour had passed, whichever way you want to look at it).
I loved this clock and the sounds it made. I haven't thought of it in a really long time until I was sitting in church this past Sunday and my pastor (thanks, Bro. Morris) read the above scripture. The warm, inviting den at my Aunt's house came rushing into my mind as if I were back in that room, cuddled up on the couch with my senses alert to the smells and colors and the sounds of that cuckoo clock.
The early Christians knew the time was at hand, Christ would be returning in the near future and Paul was encouraging them to wake up, notice the time and take a stand for God. The present age of darkness was passing; the new day of Christ's return was dawning.
The Christian's hope in the Lord's return should motivate us to consistent, daily Christlike living. As we anticipate Christ's return we should encourage rather than discourage moral living. The clock is ticking. The time is now that we reach out in love to those that need to see Christ's hands and feet.
We are His hands and feet so let's get busy loving and serving and witnessing; showing kindness wherever we go. Be certain of one thing, we are closer today to His return than yesterday.
I love you & He loves you more!
Lord, Thank You for my senses that take me back to a time long ago. Help me to be aware of the ticking clock and move in step with You. Lead me in Your way and may others see Jesus in me. In His name I pray. Amen.