The Necessity for Watchfulness
36 “But about that day and hour no one knows, neither the angels of heaven, nor the Son,[a] but only the Father. 37 For as the days of Noah were, so will be the coming of the Son of Man. 38 For as in those days before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day Noah entered the ark, 39 and they knew nothing until the flood came and swept them all away, so too will be the coming of the Son of Man. 40 Then two will be in the field; one will be taken and one will be left. 41 Two women will be grinding meal together; one will be taken and one will be left. 42 Keep awake therefore, for you do not know on what day[b] your Lord is coming. 43 But understand this: if the owner of the house had known in what part of the night the thief was coming, he would have stayed awake and would not have let his house be broken into. 44 Therefore you also must be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an unexpected hour.
Today’s reading from Matthew is all about keeping watch, being vigilant, and making sure that we are ready for Jesus’ return. This reading can sometimes make me feel a little uneasy. It can feel like a warning, warning us that if we aren’t always on our best behavior, that God will reject us. As I spend more time reading the passage however, I start to see it in a different light.
I believe that God always wants us to be living our best life. We have many choices in this life. God has created us with the freedom to make our own choices and decisions. But God also wants us to live according to the plan He has for each and every one of us. He desires for us to spend our days walking with Him, closely aligned to His plan, using His strength and presence to do good things in this world. He wants our lives to be dedicated to Him.
Each and every day we are called to be vigilant in our walk with God. Each and every day we renew our commitment to our relationship with God. Each and every day we should strive to shine God’s light, and be the good in this world. We only have a limited time on this earth. The Son of Man will appear when we least expect it, so we should be living each and every day to the fullest, spreading the love of Christ into this world at every chance we get.
Wake me up, Lord, to your will in my life that I might be the best I can possibly be. In Jesus’ name, Amen.