Are You Watching?

Mark 13:34-37For the Son of man is as a man taking a far journey, who left his house, and gave authority to his servants, and to every man his work, and commanded the porter to watch. Watch ye therefore: for ye know not when the master of the house cometh, at even, or at midnight, or at the cockcrowing, or in the morning: Lest coming suddenly he find you sleeping. And what I say unto you I say unto all, Watch.”

To stand and say that you are a believer in Jesus Christ may mean that your life is now in the crosshairs of a rifle; your neck on a chopping block or unspeakable torture awaits you if captured.

For others; we enjoy the freedom and liberty to hand out literature, preach openly, gather to worship and confront others with the gospel without fear of retribution.

As I view the readership of Daily Manna and the countries from which you come, my heart goes out and prayer reaches Heaven on your behalf. Your country may be torn apart by religious factions and fighting that puts believers in the line of fire. To stand and be known as a believer in Christianity may very mean a death sentence for you and your family.

Anyone who reads the Word of God regularly knows that we are in the last days. There is just something inside that causes us to look up and wonder, “Is today the day we hear the trumpet?”

The coming of the Lord Jesus Christ has been long awaited. Some, due to the persecution they suffer, long for it more than those of us who are not. The trials and adversity we all go through are meant to ultimately glorify our Savior. But to look for His coming; long for His presence to take us away and hope with such expectancy is a blessed thing!

Titus 2:13Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ;”

Paul teaches us that there is a crown for those of us who long for His appearing.

2 Timothy 4:7-8I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith: Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing.”

We are truly told to watch for the second coming of the Lord Jesus Christ!

But I realize that the hope that beats in my breast is there because of the ultimate love shown me by my Savior. I would be so very selfish and remiss if I did not share this most wonderful gift that has been given me!

Jesus speaks to us through our passage today to be aware of the dullness, the apathy and the neglect that we sometimes fall into that would take our eyes off of that which matters most – the salvation of the soul.

The biblical meaning of the word ‘watch’ is not one of just observation. It embodies so much more.

The watchman was to actively scan the horizon and look at his perimeter to check for possible enemy intrusion. If there was danger, he was to sound and alarm. Should he fail at his post, the blood shed because of his neglect would be on his hands. And so, it applies to us.

Ezekiel 33:6-7But if the watchman see the sword come, and blow not the trumpet, and the people be not warned; if the sword come, and take any person from among them, he is taken away in his iniquity; but his blood will I require at the watchman’s hand. So thou, O son of man, I have set thee a watchman unto the house of Israel; therefore thou shalt hear the word at my mouth, and warn them from me.

Secondly, I am to watch for those in need of hearing the gospel message – a ‘soul-warner’.

There is no sign on our forehead, no signal or telltale sign; we are to give the gospel to every creature; seeing if they are willing to accept Christ as their personal Savior.

Just as Jesus said:

Luke 19:10For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost.”

Our work here on this earth is do the seeking – Jesus does the saving.

1 Corinthians 3:7-9So then neither is he that planteth any thing, neither he that watereth; but God that giveth the increase. Now he that planteth and he that watereth are one: and every man shall receive his own reward according to his own labour. For we are labourers together with God: ye are God’s husbandry, ye are God’s building.”

The rise of handheld electronics was and is supposed to be a ‘timesaver’; a help to better communicate and become more efficient. It has done everything but! We waste more time; spend less time talking and fail miserably in the ability to form meaningful and lasting relationships.

So, let me ask:

Are you watching for the coming of the Lord Jesus Christ?

Are you watching – seeking for the souls of men to give them the gospel?

Lastly, are you watching to stay ready?

James 1:26-27If any man among you seem to be religious, and bridleth not his tongue, but deceiveth his own heart, this man’s religion is vain. Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world.”

Proverbs 4:23Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.”

There are so many distractions in the world today. Things reaching out to grab your attention. It is no mistake that our enemy bombards our eyes and ears with such things on televisions, billboards, building facades and even our phones. We take in so much so often that we cannot discern them all properly.

The charge and the keeping of what comes into our mind is our responsibility. The meditation of my heart will ultimately affect what I do and who I will become.

Psalms 19:14Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O LORD, my strength, and my redeemer.”

Though I may not possess the ability to control all that comes at me, I can ask God to help what is in my realm of responsibility. Watch. Observe. Act on what you see.

If you are saved, the promise of Heaven ought to cause us to look longingly into the sky awaiting the coming of our Savior one day.

If we are saved, we must diligently look for the opportunities to give the same message to those who are hellbound in need of Jesus salvation, forgiveness and love.

If we are saved, we must stay ready to give a reason for the hope that is in us.

Titus 2:13Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ;”

5 Comments

  1. Hi Paul, there is no teaching more important than the return of Jesus Christ, and I hope that we will all remember to share that this is the very reason why we wanted to be sanctified why we want to serve, why we want to sacrifice! Please consider following my website because I’m bringing up some other details that Christians often do not touch.

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