Keep watch - November 29, 2010

Devotion - Keep Watch - Nov. 29, 2010

Daily devotion from Matthew 24:42-44.

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"Keep watch, because you do not know on what day your Lord will come. But understand this: If the owner of the house had known at what time of night the thief was coming, he would have kept watch and would not have let his house be broken into. So you also must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect him."

Matthew 24:42-44

"Keep watch," our Savior says. Jesus wants our complete attention to an important matter. We are to be alert because Jesus says, "You do not know on what day your Lord will come." Emphasizing the reason for our watchfulness and readiness, Jesus says, "The Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect him."

Human nature likes to postpone things; we procrastinate, putting off things as long as we can. However, it is very dangerous to postpone and procrastinate over things that are important for our souls. We think, "Next year or when I get older, I'll devote more time to spiritual matters." Or "Maybe in the future I'll give more serious attention to what God says in his Word." Jesus says, "Not tomorrow, but today! Tomorrow or next year may be too late!"

Keeping watch means focusing on Jesus and what he accomplished for our salvation. It means recognizing that our sins separated us from God, but comforted with the truth that Jesus reconciled us to God by his death for us. By placing our faith in him as our Savior from sin and eternal death, we are ready to meet him when he returns. Keeping watch for Jesus' return means that we confidently anticipate that he is coming to take his believers to be with him in heaven. Thus we watch and wait in excited anticipation for the appearance of our Savior, for then the goal of God's gracious purpose for us will be accomplished. We will live and reign with the Lord eternally.


Dear Jesus, direct my heart and mind to the truth of salvation that you won for me. Keep me watchful for your second coming. My comfort and hope is in your glorious return, when you will take me and all believers to heaven. Amen.

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