PASTORS' DAILY DEVOTIONAL
On AlertJohn Tilton
Mark 13:32-37 “But about that day or hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. Be on guard! Be alert.You do not know when that time will come. 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.“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 rooster crows, or at dawn. If he comes suddenly, do not let him find you sleeping. What I say to you, I say to everyone: ‘Watch!’”
Jesus is very clear and direct that no one knows the day or hour of His return; truly only the Father knows. I love the example of an owner going away and putting his servants in charge. The propensity is to slack off from responsibility, or to do things probably not approved of by the owner. Do the servants need to be awake always, not really. I believe Jesus words to be alert and ready, rather then "out to lunch." One can be awake and not be present in mind let alone heart. Thus, He calls us to have our matters in order by His will and to be alert in attention of His return and not being distracted or involved in sin for sin closes our eyes, ears and hearts to things of the Lord.
I know that I have been blessed with a good mind, health and gifts from God. Yet, I know that I can get distracted and perhaps not be alert, ready and attentive to what God expects of me as a man of God. I know that if I am not itent and willful to things of God, that I can get lax or spend my time and efforts on matters that may not be sinful but also may not place my priority on the Lord's will for my life. It's like doing so much and being so busy, but ... wrong assignment!
Dear Lord, may I keep my eyes and heart focused on you so that I may be alert and ready for the matters that exalt and honor you, and are your will being manifested in my life. Please keep me from being distracted or working on the wrong assignment.