Keep Watch

Mark 13:32-37(NIV)

32 ‘But about that day or hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. 33 Be on guard! Be alert! You do not know when that time will come. 34 It’s like a man going away: he leaves his house and puts his servants in charge, each with their assigned task, and tells the one at the door to keep watch.

35 ‘Therefore keep watch because you do not know when the owner of the house will come back – whether in the evening, or at midnight, or when the cock crows, or at dawn. 36 If he comes suddenly, do not let him find you sleeping. 37 What I say to you, I say to everyone: “Watch!”’

I remember when I was a teenager going door to door in apartment buildings, canvassing for newspaper subscriptions.  I would knock on the door and I would see that the light through the peep-hole is darkened as the occupant looks through to see who is knocking on the door.  In this generation, there are now more and more cameras being setup.  In major cities, there are CCTV cameras everywhere to capture anything that can pose as a security threat.  Radars are being used in military and aviation for safety and tracking.

Jesus speaks to us that we should also be on the lookout.  We should watch not only what we are doing, but to be cognizant that this world will not last forever and that there will be a time that Jesus will fulfill his promise to come back to judge the world in his second coming.  We have no idea when he will come back and at the same time, it also counter-productive to be in expectation without living a life that is also pleasing to God.  This passage calls me to stay close to God everyday and not to forget about Him.

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