Be Alert Luke 21:25-36

“Be alert at all times, praying that you may have the strength to escape all these things that will take place, and to stand before the Son of Man.”

Luke 21:36


Christians throughout the world begin the season of Advent this week, a time of great anticipation and hope for today with an eye on the future. Advent is an interesting time to be sure because we find ourselves in the present, a present that for some is unsettling and uncertain. There are signs just as Jesus described so the question is, are we at the end of our time? There is a 100% chance that at some point, life will end as we know it today. But that does not mean we cannot celebrate what we have and truly grab onto the affirmation of everlasting life that the birth of Jesus affirms. Jesus calls us to focus on what is truly real and never-ending and to be alert to those things that distract, if not overwhelm, us in our daily life. If we are so absorbed on what might happen or trying to predict what the future holds, we may lose sight on what God did offer to us in Christ Jesus. When we dull our senses with complacency or worry, we miss a huge part of life and what will keep us going for all eternity. Be alert for the signs, not of the end but of the beginning; live for the joy of knowing, despite the world and personal challenges, that God will strengthen and God will offer hope and renewal. Be alert to God working in you, and be alert for God’s grace being offered to you. Be alert to the needs of others and use what God has given you today to make a difference in those lives. Growing in faith does not include speculating on when the world will end or worrying about things that are beyond our control rather, growing in faith is being focused on Jesus working in the midst of times such as these and be guided by Jesus to serve all those for whom Christ died. Thank you Jesus.

Pastor Tom