As I took a moment in thy hands of the Almighty, this is what He had taught me:
The Lord has always been, and will always be, reminding us to become salt and light in the world of bondage and darkness, and to be vigilant enough lifting our heads up making the most of the time we have left.
‘A little sleep, a little slumber,
a little folding of the hands to rest –
and poverty will come on you like a bandit
and scarcity like an armed man.’
~ Proverbs 6:10-11
Wake up, sleepers! God tells us about our laziness and passivity that if we constantly do these things, then we are still infants in Christ that needs to be taught again and again on the truths of God’s Word (Hebrews 5:11-13). He does not want us to live with nothing but with everything. God does not want us to be sluggards but be awaken and be watchful making our lives be ready of what is yet to come for the Lord is near. He would not want us to be left out when He comes (Mark 13:36-37).
So let us stand on guard (Hebrews 6:12) in seeking the face of our Almighty Father. And if we do, let us not wake up in the pleasures of this world!
‘Woe to those who rise early in the morning, to run after their drinks,
who stay up late at night
till they are inflamed with wine.’
~ Isaiah 5:11
God is reminding us to be very vigilant and wise in our living for evil is everywhere (Ephesians 5:15-16). For the Lord had said in Proverbs 23:19-21;
‘Listen, my son, and be wise,
and keep your heart on the right path.
Do not join those who drink too much wine
or gorge themselves on meat,
for drunkards and gluttons become poor,
and drowsiness clothes them in rags.’
Let us bear our days with fruits that will last and not become rotten. Let us bear our days with productivity and not wasted errands. Let us bear our days with strength and not with weakness. Let us bear our days with wisdom and not with dullness. Let us bear our days with joy and not with despair. Let us bear our days with power and authority that we may not be overcome by fear and deception.
And as Jesus had spoken into His words;
“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 you 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 21:34-36
God is letting us know that if we live up according to our own desires, our own pleasures, our own vices, it will just consume us until nothing will be left on us. Let us be very careful of living our lives to its fullest. For the real fullest is in the fullness of God.
So God is calling us up not to indulge on the things that will drag us down but to be alert in praying that we will not fall into it (Luke 22:46b).
‘For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.’
~ Ephesians 2:10
For God who is Holy has called us to become holy and righteous (1 Peter 1:15-16, 1 Thessalonians 4:7). He wants us to know, once again, that we were created in His image and likeness (Genesis 1:27) and that we were called to His purpose.
For the world has become evil as it is written. So let us put on the full armor of God, take the helmet of salvation and use the sword of the Spirit (Ephesians 6:10-18) so we can live above reproach in Christ and let God bless our perseverance in keeping His Words closely into our lives.
We need to realize and accept that we are God’s heirs and heiresses of His will and purpose just as He has planned long before the creation of the world. We need to believe and follow the task that we need to finish in faith and obedience. There is no glory we can get out from doing such things but that we will share with Him His banquet in heaven.
Yes, the truth is that the will of the Lord is for us to work the unfinished task, the Great Commission (Matthew 28:19-20). And that His purpose in our lives is for us to live with Him in His eternal presence and bring glory in His name. But we cannot do it if we live with laziness and passivity, if we live in the desires of the flesh.
So let us guard our lives with the alertness of our spirit while it is still day and live with it as if it is our last. May we be watchful enough in every season so that we will be able to inherit the kingdom of God just as princes and princesses of the King, forever!