“And what I say unto you I say unto all, Watch.” (Mark 13: 37)
Jesus spoke forcefully to his disciples. He was giving them the guidance they would need going forward, without his personal presence to lead and inspire.
They were being told to “watch.” Jesus wanted them to stay alert, to be ready for the Christ at all times, and to be awake enough to recognize the Truth from the lie. He was asking them to keep that eternal flame alive, the one that had been ignited within them as they witnessed Jesus’s life, words, and works. This flame must also be a light to keep them conscious, wide-eyed, ready.
Jesus clearly included us all in the call to watchfulness. We also must remain at the ready, on guard, not sleeping on the job. This watch requires us to be discerning, to use the Truth Jesus proclaimed and demonstrated as our guide to exposing the lie, seeing the counterfeit “Christ” attempting to gain our trust and worship.
We are to watch our thought. We are watching in the manner that Jesus did, awake to God and His presence and Love. Anything that opposes this Love, the Oneness of Mind, we must watch out for. This requires discipline, but it shouldn’t feel like a burden.
For to watch for the Christ, for the Truth to be revealed, is to watch with God—it is to unite with that One Mind that is in control, that abides no lies. And so our watch is not all about standing guard rigidly and somberly. It is about being awake to witness the glory of God, and to feel the Love that is real and powerful and ours to know and to eagerly share.
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