Keep Watch

Keep Watch

1 Timothy 4:16 - “Keep a close watch on yourself and on the teaching. Persist in this, for by so doing you will save both yourself and your hearers.”

The beginning of the show “Stranger Things” presents an extreme contrast.  The opening scene shows a man presumably in a laboratory with something closing in on him.  Judging by the blinking lights and his heightened breathing he is terrified, shortly thereafter he is taken by something.  That scene cuts to a sunny day and a house in the suburbs.  One picture is terrifying, the other is peaceful.  We don’t know how far apart these 2 locations are but obviously they are somehow connected.   It is a startling picture, one house is peaceful while someone not too far away is battling for their life.  It is a reminder of the world that we live in.  

Things may seem well and good, things may even seem peaceful, but there is a struggle raging and sometimes that struggle will encompass us.  That is why Paul says to young Timothy, “keep a close watch on yourself.”  Why? Because this world is filled up with difficulties and battles.  There are hardships everywhere.  Struggles abound, and if you are not careful those struggles will carry you away and defeat you.  So keep a close watch on yourself, pay attention.  Don’t let the struggles of life overwhelm you.  How can you do that?  Listen again to what Paul says, “keep a close watch on yourself AND on the TEACHING.”  What teaching?  The Gospel of Jesus Christ.  Keep the Gospel ever before you, pay special attention to it everyday.  Remind yourself daily of the love of God.

When the circumstances of life threaten to conquer you and carry you away, keep your eyes on the Gospel, because it says you are loved by God and if God is for you who can be against you.  When you are tempted to feel inadequate remind yourself of the Gospel, you are loved by God.  When you are tempted to feel prideful, keep the Gospel before you, you are a sinner who cannot redeem himself, but God in His grace redeemed you.  When you are weary and feel like you can’t go on, remind yourself that because of the love of God there is home in heaven waiting on you where you will hear the words, “well done good and faithful servant enter into your rest.”  When you feel like you have to prove your worth or earn the world’s approval, remind yourself that you are loved by God and He chose to go to a cross because he loved you that much.  Keep the Gospel before you.  Take heed! Keep a watch on yourself and remind yourself of the truth of God’s word and the beauty of the Gospel every single day.  

Life can seem peaceful, life can be hard, or life can be somewhere in the middle.  The Good news is that you are loved no matter what! So keep a watch on yourself and don’t get distracted from what truly matters and that is your relationship with God.  A relationship that is only possible through the Lord Jesus Christ, so keep your eyes on Him and live for His glory!

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