Keep Watch Because You Do Not Know When
By E. B. Pinch
"I say unto all, Watch" (Mark 13:37). This note of watchfulness is sounded again and again, and always in connection with the return of Christ. The Bible seems to anticipate the unready condition into which Christians would fall. Having been "washed in the blood" and redeemed by its power, we are "kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time" (1 Pet. 1:5).
How shall we maintain this watchfulness? Surely by withdrawing ourselves from the world at regular times, and getting our thoughts and hearts into perspective with God’s plan, fortifying ourselves with the precious promises of God, and recovering our poise and balance in the light of God’s truth. Then going back to the daily task, our service will be an act of watchfulness, and all we do will be sanctified by the thought of His coming.
We shall serve no longer for the applause of our fellows, but in the light of that great day. We shall wait, not with the impatience of fretfulness, but with the quiet confidence of divine assurance. Day by day as the day draws nearer, we shall cry the more urgently, "Even so, come, Lord Jesus" (Rev. 22:20).