How Christ Expects Every Christian to Watch

Christians watching

To watch means the vigilance of a Christian to ensure adequate readiness for the coming of Christ.

Some Christians because of the thoughts of being taken away from the distress of the world at the rapture slow down their readiness and preparation for the Lord’s coming. But Christ gave a repeated warning that every Christian should watch continually because no one knows exactly when he will come (Matthew 25:13).

There has been much confusion about the coming of Christ at the rapture. Some hold the pre-tribulation view and while some others hold the middle and post-tribulation view. Satan, no doubt who is the author of confusion, is the architect of this (1 Corinthians 14:33). It is better to be on the safe side by watching always and staying close to your Bible to find the facts for yourself.

Christ, after giving the signs of his coming in Matthew 24 also gave in parables the guidelines to every Christian in his watch for his coming.

One guideline he gave to every Christian to watch is total dedication to the household and family of God.

In his parable in Matthew 24:46-51 he talked of a faithful servant symbolic of any Christian when he comes and finds him or her watching. But if the Christian thinks the Lord delays his coming and begins to beat up his fellow servants and drinking with the drunken, he will come in a time he doesn’t expect.

This is symbolic and does not mean a person beating up people. The “fellow servant” means the people of God. Smiting them symbolizes becoming unfriendly to them. Drinking with the drunken means the Christian having relationship with the world and abandoning the household of God.

Christ expects total dedication from every Christian and total separation from the world (James 4:4).

Nevertheless, since there are always tears among the wheat that might deliberately cause offence, they are to be avoided or treated with wisdom.

Christ again in Matthew 25:1-13 use the parable of the ten virgins to teach every Christian the need to watch for his coming.

Five were wise and five were foolish. The wise ones were the Christian having enough oil in their lambs (Matthew 25:4). Oil symbolizes spiritual strength. This will be needed in the evil day and thus everyone has been advised to stay strong in the Lord (Ephesians 6:10).

The oil that gives spiritual strength is prayer, and the word of God backed up with fasting.

Satan knowing this tries all means to ensure he keeps people away from God's word and prayer. This he does by enticing and involving them in the affairs of the world, but the wise Christians (virgins) will always create room to study the word and pray.

Another way the Lord gave for every Christian watch for his coming is adequate and proper use of the things he has committed to their hands. This includes the gifts he gives to every Christian and the position he places them in.

This is seen in Matthew 25:14-30. Everyone will give an account of everything he received from God, and this should be used judiciously and for the right course.

 In his parable he illustrated a man embarking on a journey and gave his servants talent and several abilities. On his return, he asked them to give an account.

All gave positive report apart from one that was given one talent. He hid it in the "Earth". Which symbolizes him not using the gift of his master for the right course.

Jesus gives spiritual gifts to everyone he has called, but solely for the kingdom of God. But some because they feel they will gain more from the world use the Lord's gift to serve the world. For example, some become motivational speakers instead of gospel preachers. Some others become reggae singers and dancers instead of gospel artists.

God will bring every work into judgement (Ecclesiastes 12:14). He gives freely, but his free gift always comes with an expensive accountability. No one should be excited because of the possession of spiritual gifts because the day of judgement will be a sober moment for everyone.

Another way every Christian should stay watching is to be charitable. At the coming of Lord, he said he will separate the sheep from the goats (Matthew 25:32). Who do you think the sheep are? Those who do not only profess love with their lips but show it with their actions. 

They are kind and charitable, visiting the sick and prisoners and relieving those in distress (Matthew 25:35-40).

Love and charity the Bible says is above everything else, without which other gifts are of less value in an individual's life (1 Corinthians 13:1).

The scripture says we should bear one another burden to fulfill the law, which is the law of love (Galatians 6:2). This the Lord said is the greatest commandment of all (Matthew 22:37-40).

May God keep every Christian watching till he comes in Jesus' name. Amen.

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