And do this, 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 armour of light. Let us behave decently, as in the daytime, not in carousing and drunkenness, not in sexual immorality and debauchery, not in dissension and jealousy.
Rather, clothe yourselves with the Lord Jesus Christ, and do not think about how to gratify the desires of the flesh.
The Bible often uses the comparison of light and dark to show the difference between following Jesus and not. And at this time of year with the darker evenings and the bright Christmas lights cropping up all over the place the significance of light is even more obvious.
Our reading today is all about the coming of our salvation - the fact that Jesus has come, paid the price and set us free by the grace of God. Our future is secure not because or ability to choose right from wrong, but because we have chosen to live wearing the armour of light, living in the way of Christ, following in His footsteps being His disciple.
And the idea of armour of light is a good one, because walking in the way of Christ isn’t easy. It is a daily battle to resist the temptations of this life and live differently, live Christlike in all situations. But just because its like a battle doesn’t mean we need to give up, on the contrary - we have Christ on our side and by our side and He has faith in you, that you can live for Him.
So as you walk around, especially in the darker evenings and nights, take time to look at all the lights around you. Let there shining remind you that the night is nearly over and our day of salvation is coming soon.