Mark 13.33->

“Be alert; be wakeful. You do not know when the moment comes.

“It is like a man away from home; he has left his house and put his servants in charge, each with his own work to do, and he has ordered the door-keeper to stay awake. Keep awake, then, for you do not know when the master of the house is coming. Evening or midnight, cock-crow or early dawn–if he comes suddenly, he must not find you asleep. And what I say to you, I say to everyone: Keep awake.”


6 responses

  1. I am coming to perceive that it has often been my own failure to stay awake that has kept me unaware of the coming of the Lord in our midst – even in meeting for worship, where it should be easiest to stay alert for such visitation! As I become more disciplined in my attentiveness in waiting upon the Lord, I find that I am becoming more and more conscious of the movements of the Spirit. I’m sure that these movements are nothing new – it’s just that I wasn’t paying attention before. I’m chagrined to realize that many a spiritually dead meeting for worship was, in large part, my own fault!Micah Bales

  2. Thanks, Forrest, I appreciate your keeping this blog alive; I’m in a different place now, but it’s nice to know it’s still here. And thanks to David for starting it three years ago.

  3. One could read this as a call to what in Buddhism is referred to as “mindfulness.”

  4. “Be careful, or your hearts will be weighed down with dissipation, drunkenness and the anxieties of life, and that day will close on you unexpectedly like a trap. For it will come upon all those who live on the face of the whole earth. Be always on the watch, and pray that you may be able to escape all that is about to happen, and that you may be able to stand before the Son of Man.” Luke twenty-one:thirty-four through thirty-six.

  5. Hey, let’s quote what we’re quoting, not just point or give verse numbers–and please say why: “What does this have to do with the passage we’re looking at here?”When am I “asleep”?When I think I’m awake, doing what I (of course) ought, everything under (my) control.Alfred Noyes: “If you don’t get in a rut, the Devil won’t know where to find you.” God creates; we try to find ourselves the best rut, some safe way to live without needing our Invisible Means of Support… This is perfectly natural and it doesn’t work.

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