Romans 13:12-14 (NLT)
12 The night is almost gone; the day of salvation will soon be here. So remove your dark deeds like dirty clothes, and put on the shining armor of right living. 13 Because we belong to the day, we must live decent lives for all to see. Don’t participate in the darkness of wild parties and drunkenness, or in sexual promiscuity and immoral living, or in quarreling and jealousy. 14 Instead, clothe yourself with the presence of the Lord Jesus Christ. And don’t let yourself think about ways to indulge your evil desires.
In these verses the apostle reminds those he is writing not to waste any time living in immorality. Instead they are live as though Christ were present with them. Their lives are to be shining reflections of Christ. They are to remove the dirty sins of their life and turn their thoughts away from indulging sinful desires.
Vladimir Villisov survived a heart attack at age 65. After his heart attack he designed his own special coffin to hold him and what he considered his prize collection of pornographic magazines. To quote the unmarried Vladimir, “The girls in those magazines have been my companions, and I want them to accompany me to the next life.” It is sad Vladimir allowed himself to trade the reality of life with an illusion of the mind. A 44 year old woman in Germany called the emergency phone number and in a weeping voice told police there was an emergency at her home. When the police arrived they found her pacing the floor and her husband sitting in front of a TV watching an x-rated movie. She told the police, “nothing will move him, not even if I offer the real thing.” Of course there was nothing the police could do but refer her to counseling. When the Apple iPhone went on sale, thousands lined up to pay whatever the price to have the phone. Excited people stood in line all evening for their purchase. But weeks later they were disappointed when the price was cut $200. Their desires for instant gratification had cost them. Some of us will pay whatever the price, and go to extreme measures to indulge in our evil desires. But what we will find is disappointment. So take the apostles words to heart and live decent lives because we belong to Christ and not the darkness of evil. Guard your thoughts as though Christ were present with you. Pray for His strength, His mercy and His love to abound in your life.