"Love does no harm to its neighbor. Therefore love is the fulfillment of the law.
And do this, understanding the present time. The hour has 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 armor of light." Romans 13:10-12
Oh, how we love to slumber. It relieves tension, takes us away from our responsibilities - even if for just a little while. But the bible refers to slumber in a negative connotation for the most part. God calls us to awake from out slumber and take note of the late hour. There is much to be done for the Kingdom, and time has a way of slipping away.
In his book "To Be Told", Dan Allender says "Something must awaken us to the fact that we are asleep. And what awakens us is usually a moment of exposure when we see that the conventions that guide our steps and promise us a good life are nothing more that illusions."
It is often that we go the way of our own choosing and arrive at a rude awakening because of our folly. How much better it would be to have the gentle whispering of God to wake us from our slumber. When we follow His agenda, He will prescribe the right time for rest, and give us strength to accomplish much in our calling.
Let us heed the gentle shaking from God, and wake up to see the needs of others. Knowing that time is short, ignore the world's illusions. They will never satisfy.