On the importance of staying “spiritually alert”

Ever work the “graveyard shift” as a security guard or in a job that simply requires that you watch gauges and dials? I have! Sometimes the hardest thing on earth to do is stay alert – stay awake at 3:30 in the morning! But I can tell you from personal experience, that’s when things can go wrong – that’s when the unexpected happens – that’s the “witching hour” for emergencies!

Policeman sleeping on the job

The Bible emphasizes the need to “watch” – to “say alert” – for Christ followers as the end of time approached. Apostle Paul spoke of “the day of the Lord” – that time when God will say, “Enough!” When He will judge sin, deal decisively with the devil, rescue those who are faithful to Him, and usher in His eternal kingdom. He warned about spiritual “sleepiness” when a false sense of security, prosperity, and well-being slips in and Christians lose their spiritual edge. Here is the warning…

“Now concerning the times and the seasons, brothers, you have no need to have anything written to you. For are fully aware that the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night. While people are saying, ‘There is peace and security,’ then sudden destruction will come upon them as labor pains come upon a pregnant woman, and they will not escape! But you are not in darkness, brothers, for that day to surprise you like a thief. For you are all children of light, children of the day. We are not of the night or of the darkness. So then let us not sleep, as others do, but let us keep awake and be sober… “Since we belong to the day, let us be sober, having put on the breastplate of faith and love, and for a helmet the hope of salvation. For God has not destined us for wrath, but to obtain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ, … Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing.” (from 1 Thessalonians 5:1–11 ESV)
Lord, help me stay “spiritually alert!”

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