Commands of Christ
All month long, we’ve been focusing on the Commands of Christ. On Sundays, the spotlight has been on repentance, prayer, giving and baptism (spoiler alert…this Sunday is making disciples).
This week in our devotions, we’ve explored a few other commands Jesus gave which won’t be talked about on Sunday. Pastor David shared on being “yoked” with Christ, I shared on forgiveness, Pastor Chris talked reconciliation and Pastor Matt judging.
Let’s be honest, all of those can be really difficult to obey. Well, I have another which is a big ask of Jesus.
42“So you, too, must keep watch! For you don’t know what day your Lord is coming.43Understand this: If a homeowner knew exactly when a burglar was coming, he would keep watch and not permit his house to be broken into. 44You also must be ready all the time, for the Son of Man will come when least expected.
Stay awake! It’s the command Jesus gives here. Pay attention to what is happening around you. Jesus is coming, so don’t miss it!
How do we stay awake? How do we wake up? How do we, as Jesus goes on to say, be the servant who is rewarded when the master returns?
As I pondered this scripture, I thought about a soldier with the responsibility of keeping watch at an outpost. How do they stay awake?
With that question in mind, I did a little research. What are some tricks or tips to staying awake? Nothing was too earth shaking. Drink coffee, walk around, get fresh (cool) air, or have the lights on are all tricks.
A couple were more interesting. For example, chewing triggers your senses, keeping you alert. Another is keeping a set of keys in your hand to wake you up if it drops when you nod off.
Are there tricks to staying alert for Jesus’ return? I think there are. Here are 3 basic tips:
1. Stay connected to God.
The best way to see Jesus is being connected to him. The ways we do this are readily known – pray, read scripture and meditate.
Meditation can sound scary, but it’s an important part of our spiritual disciplines. Think of this more like contemplation. Think and pray on the scripture you read. Then ask what God wants to show you.
Are you connected to God?
2. Be in community…
Other believers in Christ help us see Jesus. They open our eyes to truth we may not otherwise see. At Cross Points Church, we refer to this as commit (connect, commit, create). We want all of our members to commit to one another.
Commit/community is more than just showing up for church on Sunday mornings. Community is deep relationships that come through regularly meeting together – for both study and fun.
Are you in community?
3. …but don’t be isolated.
Here is a danger of being a long time believer in Jesus. Because you know the value of community, you slowly drift away from relationships outside of that group.
When we become isolated from the world around us, we don’t understand the needs they have. These needs are what Jesus calls the “signs of the times”. We can read the signs if we can’t see them.
Are you isolated from the world?
As the title of our sermon series suggests, staying awake isn’t a suggestion. It’s a command or order from Jesus, our master. Are you obeying His command? Are you staying awake?