Saturday, March 9, 2013

Guard Your Heart

"Be careful, or your hearts will be weighed down with dissipation, drunkeness and the anxieties of life, and that day will close on you unexpectedly, like a trap...Be always on the watch and pray that you may be able to escape all that is about to happen, and that you may be able to stand before the Son of Man."
Luke 21: 34-36

The Day Jesus is talking about is the day of his second coming. The ways he advises us to be prepared are in the spiritual sense. He doesn't say to build a bomb shelter or store up supplies, but he wants us to be ready on the inside. What does it mean for my heart to be weighed down with dissipation? It means "any wasteful use of time or energy." I can think of plenty of wasteful actions: too much television or time on the internet, for example. Anxieties or worries are also a drain on the heart. Jesus told us in Matthew 6: 33-34: "But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own." To be prepared each day, I pray for his Spirit to reside in me, forgive me and keep my eyes focused on Him.

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