On Guard and Alert…


Sean D. will be coming back to Delaware for Kate and Nick’s wedding. The first thing that always pops into my mind with Sean when I think of him is senior assassins his senior year. The fact that he was hiding in our basement for hours and I didn’t even know it! It was my introduction into the game of “senior assassins”. If there was ever a game that teaches a person to “be on guard” all the time, that is the game! Even I have to be on guard, thinking about who is at the door to our house, whether I can open the garage door or not, if a senior is in my car, how to get them “safely” in or out of the house. In truth, it makes me a nervous wreck that I might mess it up!

Jesus tells his disciples today in Mark to “be on guard.” In fact, he says it 3 times in this chapter. The disciples have asked when these “things” will happen. Jesus had been talking about things that would be happening in the future. He told them that during this time there would be many deceivers, and many claiming to be Christ. His advice to the disciples..and in turn, to us: “Be on guard! Be alert! You do not know when that time will come.”

We still do not know the time. But we do know to “be on guard” and to “be alert”. Being on guard and alert means as we face things in our lives, look through the lens of God’s truth. People will be out to deceive us. Know truth so that we can discern who is faithfully teaching God’s truths and who is not. Don’t believe every book in the Christian book store holds true to Scripture. Don’t assume any sermon posted on social media faithfully expounds God’s Word. Don’t trust that every person who calls themselves a Christian is serving and following the Lord. Compare everything to Scripture yourself.

I have a little break right now before the game of senior assassins is up and running in our
from being on guard and alert at what is going on in our world today and how I need to respond according to God’s Word. Neither can you. Be discerning. Be wise. Be on guard and alert at all times.

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