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Our Christian Responsibilities - Part 1
11/4/2013

Be Watchful In All Things

Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, to which you were also called and have confessed the good confession in the presence of many witnesses. 1 Timothy 6:12 (NKJV)

When Queen Victoria was a child, she didn't know she was in line for the throne of England. Her instructors, trying to prepare her for the future, were frustrated because they couldn't motivate her. She just didn't take her studies seriously. Finally, her teachers decided to tell her that one day she would become the queen of England. Upon hearing this, Victoria quietly said, "Then I will be good." The realization that she had inherited this high calling gave her a sense of responsibility that profoundly affected her conduct from then on.

To be a responsible person means being answerable to somebody, and to be reliable—it is to be trustworthy and conscientious.  So to be a responsible Christian man or woman, means we take our Christian responsibilities serious and therefore, we should be reliable, trustworthy, conscientious, and be willing and prepared to be answerable to God for our actions.

Now there are many Christian responsibilities, and each one is centered upon God’s commands given within His Word.  I would like to focus on four such commands given 2 Timothy 4:5.  In this one verse we can see these commands given to Timothy by the Apostle Paul, but they apply to every Christian believerLet’s take a look at the first command.

1.            We Must Be Watchful In All Things

But you be watchful in all things… 2 Timothy 4:5 (NKJV)

This word, watchful is derived from the Greek word, nepho, nay´-fo.  It means to have a clear mind—to be sober and watch.  The word watchful used here in this verse is referring to one being rational, and even-tempered.  The watchful Christian is much like a diligent athlete who trains himself to be in control of his own senses and abilities. It is this trained self-control that enables a Christian to be on guard against the enemy’s schemes and deceptions, which lead to temptation.   The Apostle Paul spoke of this very discipline in his own life.

And everyone who competes for the prize is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a perishable crown, but we for an imperishable crown. Therefore I run thus: not with uncertainty. Thus I fight: not as one who beats the air. But I discipline my body and bring it into subjection, lest, when I have preached to others, I myself should become disqualified. 1 Corinthians 9:25-27 (NKJV)

We must understand as Christians, we are competing for the ultimate prize.  And as such, we should be self-controlled in our actions.  This self-control is a daily exercise in discipline where we must bring our bodies into subjection.  We must be watchful in all things, and reason within our mind to make good judgment with the guidance of God’s Word and the Holy Spirit.  We should also remember our reward awaiting us is incomprehensible

But as it is written:  “Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, Nor have entered into the heart of man The things which God has prepared for those who love Him.” 1Corinthians 2:9 (NKJV)

I want to encourage you today to be watchful in all things.  Let’s be responsible to take every thought captive to the obedience of Christ and cast down anything that comes against His Word.

STUDY QUESTION: According to the Scriptures contained within this devotional, how should we live our life and what is waiting for us when we finish?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Are you being watchful in all things?  Are you looking at everything in eternal perspective, or temporal?

PRACTICAL APPLICATION: Let’s choose to be watchful in everything.  Let’s look at things in perspective of what God would want in any particular situation.  Let’s discipline our bodies because this is where the war is being waged.

LET’S PRAY: Father, thank You for Your guidance in all things.  Thank You for giving us the ability to reason and to identify good and evil.  Help us to continue to discipline our bodies and to be steadfast in what we know to be right.  In Jesus’ precious name, amen…

Be blessed, Pastor Scott

 


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