Scripture Reading: Revelation 3:1-2
And unto the angel of the church in Sardis write; These things saith he that hath the seven Spirits of God, and the seven stars; I know thy works, that thou hast a name that thou livest, and are dead. Be watchful, and strengthen the things which remain, that are ready to die: for I have not found thy works perfect before God.
Reflections: The church at Sardis is admonished to ‘be watchful and strengthen the things which remain’. The import for this advice was to draw the attention of the church to the position it needs to take in order to fulfill its divine mandate. Being watchful in life is a position of wisdom worth emulating. To be watchful means to be alert, vigilant or to be awake with the view that you do not want to be overtaken by events. You are mindful of whatever goes on around you and in your life. Most importantly, you take note of what has occurred, what is occurring and what is likely to occur. The platform of watchfulness positions you to be better placed to face the future with confidence. It gives you the vital information you need to plan ahead. Don’t underestimate the strategic role watchfulness will play in your life. The five foolish virgins in Matthew 25:1-13 left out the watchfulness factor in life and missed the ultimate. How watchful have you been? Don’t allow yourself to be overtaken by events. Be engaged in life by the wisdom of watchfulness. Ask the Holy Spirit for help.
Prayer: Dear Lord, help me to be watchful in this life.
Confession: I am engaged by the wisdom of watchfulness in this life. I live it. I reap its benefits. I shall never be overtaken by events.