Matthew 24:42-44 “Therefore Keep Watch, because you do not know what day your Lord will come. But understand this: If the owner of the house had known at what time of the night the thief was coming, he would have kept watch and would not have let his house be broken into. So you also must Be Ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect him.
What the Lord is telling me from this is to Keep Watch and Be Ready because we don’t know when he is coming and to also be ready for when the enemy attacks or tries to sneak into steal us away from God.
The Greek translation for is: Keep Awake, Be Vigilant The Greek translation for Ready is: Be prepared.
Jesus asked his disciples to keep watch while he went to pray in the garden. Matthew 26:41 He said, “Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.”
Jesus is telling us to be spiritually awake and ready. We can do this by staying close to him through his word and through His Holy Spirit, who fills us up daily.
The Lord, wants us to be faithful to him, and to continuously fill up on him and all his goodness: love, joy, peace, grace, etc. and then pass it on to others. As we are emptied, he refills us! Also being aware that there is an enemy; a thief who wants us to fail, he wants us to give up, he wants us to get tired and not care. He is waiting for us to wander away from our shepherd so he can lure us into his den and devour us. We can avoid this by keeping our focus on Jesus, and on the truth that he is the only way to God and eternal life. Is Jesus apart of our daily activities? Are we aware of his presence at work or school, at home with our families? When we are doing other things that require our full attention is Jesus there helping us to focus? Are we taking time to get refilled each day? Jesus is available to each of us all the time. Are we available to him all the time?
Lord Jesus, Thank you for keeping watch over us, and helping us to keep watch and to be ready for you when ever you come for us. Amen.