Romans 13:12, “The night is far spent, the day is at hand: let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armour of light.”
We don’t have time to waste. Because of the nearing dawn, Paul writes, Christians must throw away any works of darkness, any of the worthless things we have done that belong to the night and not to the day.
Instead, Paul insists, Christians must prepare for the day by putting on the weapons of light. Suddenly, Paul introduced the concept of Christians taking a defensive position against the darkness rather than joining with it. The Christian life is a battle, and we stand firm together, we move forward together, pushing back the darkness.
Those in Christ no longer belong to the night. We are people of light, and that must change how we live in this critical moment.