“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.” Romans 13:11
One of the most dramatic stories in the Bible is the deliverance of the Israelites from slavery in Egypt. The power of God so greatly manifested in behalf of His people has inspired throughout centuries. However, all these years of slavery and suffering were preceded by blessings and abundance in a time of hunger and drought. No one could predict the end of the path they were treading on.
They marveled at the wealth and all that this place could offer. The beauty of the buildings brought a spark to their eyes, everything was a like dream. God’s people really enjoyed the life they were living. However, there were no shortage of recommendations and warnings for them to leave that place as soon as it started raining again.
As the years went by, the Jews grew and thrived there. Unfortunately, what should have been a good thing, ended up bringing the Egyptian yoke. The new Pharaoh took over and enslaved the Jews.
When I participated in a mission trip in the Amazon in 2015, I had a great impact when I left Sao Paulo and arrived in the Amazon jungle. I met a completely different reality than I was used to. Having money or not in the jungle made not much difference and clocks had no use. Cell phone? No signal whatsoever. However, serving God and sharing about His kingdom to people in such a distant place was a wonderful blessing.
When I returned to Sao Paulo, I realized that I was living like the people of Israel. Fascinated with the city lights, I was beginning to forget that I am a foreigner on this earth. There is a place prepared for me and I encountered the need to wake up before I became a slave.
The following verse from Romans 13:12 says, “The night is nearly over; the day is almost here. So let us put aside the deeds of darkness and put on the armor of light.”
It’s time to wake up from our slumber, the night is almost over, Jesus is coming!
Report from the volunteer Marco Antônio, who came in one of our missions.