Mark 13:33–37 (ESV) — 33 Be on guard, keep awake. For you do not know when the time will come. 34 It is like a man going on a journey, when he leaves home and puts his servants in charge, each with his work, and commands the doorkeeper to stay awake. 35 Therefore stay awake—for you do not know when the master of the house will come, in the evening, or at midnight, or when the rooster crows, or in the morning— 36 lest he come suddenly and find you asleep. 37 And what I say to you I say to all: Stay awake.”
Complacency is a struggle for us all. Because we are frail and faltering creatures, we grow weary of watching. We are like the sleeping disciples in the garden who couldn’t keep awake to watch and pray. But Scripture everywhere teaches that the return of the Lord will be sudden and unexpected, which is why so much teaching is concerned with how you are living right now. It is easy for us to slip into thinking that tomorrow will continue just as today has. But walking through this COVID-19 pandemic should have taught us all otherwise. We have absolutely no idea what tomorrow holds, and so Jesus calls us to “keep awake” so that we may not be found asleep when the master comes. This means of course that we are to live each moment as if it is our last because of course it very well could be. Are you ready for Christ’s return? Are their things in your life that you are putting off thinking that you have time to get to them? Are there relationships that you have neglected because, well I’ve got time to address that later. Let me encourage you today to live each moment in light of eternity. This life is a vapor, here today gone tomorrow—so redeem the time.
Father, we are sleepy and weak in our watching. We often put off for tomorrow what we should do today. Please forgive our lethargy, sloth, and arrogance when we think that we have all the time in the world. Help us to live today in light of eternity. Let us be found on that great day busy about the work of our master. Give us renewed strength to put in order areas in our lives long left disordered. Most of all, Father, help us to stay awake. For the sake of your Son, in whose name we pray. Amen