Luke 12:35--40 (ESV)
Maybe some of you have figured out by the tone of my writings that I am a Watchman. Quite simply this is somebody that has been appointed to Stand Guard on that wall and lay watch to call out danger that is coming. Notice I didn't use the word "might" come, as danger is inevitable. I have been told by some that my Blogs sound full of condemnation and don't always paint a rosy picture. To that I respond that each one of us has our own spiritual gifts that God has given to us. Mine is not one of an encourager, although I do that from time to time as well. Mine is one of being a strong arm of challenging and exhortation. This might come in the fashion of correction, or calling men on the carpet for their sins.
I was sitting in church this morning and a thought popped in my head: "What makes you think that you are any better than anybody else?" Allow me to answer that question right now. NOTHING!!! I am just as much of a sinner as the next guy. It if wasn't for the saving Grace of my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, I would be dead in sin and walking around like a zombie. However, because of the sanctification process of Christ conforming me into His image, then daily I find that I detest sin more and more. Occasionally I fall into my past carnal sinful ways and find myself wallowing back at the pigs trough. However, His Grace is always sufficient to point me clearly back to the path of Righteousness on the straight and narrow road.
Now to the passage in Luke that I have listed above. Verse 35 is not just written to Watchman who stand guard on that walls of the city. No, it is written to everybody that has placed their trust in Christ. I must spiritually stay dressed for action and keep my lamp burning. If I put my Sword down for even a moment, which I assure you I am as guilty as the next person of doing, then I can find myself in a compromising position with the enemy. If I do not keep oil in my lamp, then I can find myself falling asleep and slumbering, just as the enemy decides to scale the wall.
This weekend I have broken out re-runs of one of my favorite shows, Alias. This show starred Jennifer Garner, and it was all about her being a CIA operative. I find the action absolutely stimulating. Occasionally I find myself saying stuff like, "That guy was so unprepared for what she had to dish out." From kick boxing to shooting, the action is never ending. In a way, this is what verse 35 is saying. We are to stay prepared for Action. Just like my previous Blog that I wrote, I would like to reiterate my point. Is your Sword rusty and dull, or is it sharpened to a fine and shiny point? Are your clothes on, and are your ready for Action???
I have recently had an epiphany of realization that without Christ in my life, I am literally DEAD. The Bible mentions the word "LIFE" 412 times. I have realized that not only did He come to give me life, but life more abundant. This means more than I could ever ask or conceive. He tells us that He is the Way, the Truth, and the Life! Will you live for Him, or continue to wallow in Death and absolute absense from Him? I choose to LIVE!!!