Boy Scouts with Insomnia: Matthew 25:13

Day 3/30

"Stay awake and be prepared , because you do not know the day or hour of my return" - Matthew 25:13 (NLT)

Jesus' theme verse for Boy Scouts who struggle with insomnia. ;)


The return of Jesus and things like "the end of the world as we know it" are talked about all the time.  Jesus Himself said, "you don't know the day or hour..." and "no one knows the day or hour..."  Too many of us obsess over the idea of going to Heaven... someday, and miss the central Message of Jesus that "the Kingdom of God is now here" and He came to give us "life to the full" in the now.  Jesus doesn't just affect where/how you spend eternity; Jesus affects how you spend your now.

So how should I be spending my now?  By staying awake and being prepared.

Staying awake is living with your eyes open.  It is walking the path of your journey with all of your senses on alert - taking in the beauty all around you with the propensity to make more.  When we live fully awake we make beautiful things.  The opposite is also true: when we sleep-walk through life we miss beauty and the daily opportunities to make more... and we wind up lost.

When I think of the words "be prepared" here in Matthew 25:13, my mind makes an automatic connection with other Scripture.  Ephesians 6:15: "For shoes, put on the peace that comes from the Good News, so that you will be fully prepared" and 1 Peter 3:15: "Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have.  But do this in gentleness and respect."  Being prepared means living in peace and hope which spills out in everything you do.

I think Jesus is asking us to embrace living a life of expectation.  In his book, "Wide Awake," Erwin McManus wrote: "Expectation propels you forward - sometimes it pulls you and sometimes it pushes you."  Are living a wide-awake life of expectation or are you sleep-walking?

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