What is Watchfulness?
Then shall the kingdom of heaven be likened unto ten virgins,
which took their lamps, and went forth to meet the bridegroom.
Read Matthew 25:1-10
Sometimes things happen in church which we can easily associate with not
only because they are taught in the Word of God, but also because they are
personally uncovering for us. Do you ever see people sleeping during a
church service? Did you ever fall asleep, or are you sometimes inattentive
during a sermon? Alas, these are things that happen in church. But the Lord
says: Awake, thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall
give thee light (Eph. 5:14).
For whom is this clarion call meant? For everyone of us; for, we are all
sleepyheads. By nature, we are all spiritually dead because of our sins. That
is why it is so necessary that we are awakened out of our sleep of death.
But how is this possible if we are spiritually dead? It is only possible when
a great miracle takes place in God’s kingdom: The dead shall hear the voice
of the living God, and those that hear shall live! This occurs through the
miracle of rebirth, when the Lord plants new life within us without any input
from our side.
This miracle occurs when the Lord applies the seed of His Word to the heart
through the Holy Spirit so that it germinates. This will then be seen in the
fruit of faith and repentance. To be watchful actually means to be awakened.
However, those who have been awakened must also be watchful. This is
what the Lord Jesus teaches us in this parable.
Thought: Can we make generalizations about all church people? What
is the dividing-line in the church? How do you get to the right side of
Psalter 421: 3 (based on Psalm 84)
Blessed is the man whose strength Thou art,
Thy ways are hidden in his heart,
He treads the highway to Thy dwelling.
Though passing through a vale of tears,
Thy grace, O God, to him appears,
With winged hope and power impelling.
The wilderness, by showers blessed,
Is now a pilgrim’s vale of rest.