WATCH AND BE FOUND FAITHFUL
READ the Bible. From Adam and Eve onward, even from
man has never been faithful to God for very long. Remember the
and what lead up to it. Consider the nation of
With the coming of the Redeemer and Savior into the world,
would think that things would be different. But the Lord warned of
Christs” to come and said that “many false prophets shall rise, and
many. And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax
he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved” (Matthew
He even asked the question, “When the Son of man cometh, shall he find
the earth?” (Luke 18:8) The apostle Paul repeatedly warned of a
that was coming (2 Thessalonians 2:1-12; 1 Timothy 4:1-7; 2 Timothy
He even said to the Ephesian elders, “For I know this, that after my
shall grievous wolves enter in among you, not sparing the flock. Also
own selves shall men arise, speaking perverse things, to draw away
after them. Therefore, watch, and
remember, that by the
space of three years I ceased not to warn every one night and day with
(Acts 20:29-31). In Revelation chapters 2 and 3, the Lord addresses
departure and potential apostasy in the seven churches of
These words are not written to be pessimistic or to discourage, but to be realistic. It is true that Paul affirmatively asked, “If God be for us, who can be against us?” (Romans 8:31), and Christ said that the gates of hell would not prevail against the church (Matthew 16:18). (Yes). But, at the same time, remember, we are a fallen race of people. Our inclination, if not averted, is toward apostasy. (A child does not have to be taught to do wrong; he just does it—Proverbs 29:15). We must live close to the Lord and be on guard. In view of Paul’s warnings in Acts 20:28-32, elders, who are the pastors of the flock, were instructed to “watch” to safeguard the church. (And in this connection, they were pointed to the Word of God, Acts 20:32). Hebrews 13:17 says that “they [the elders] watch for your souls.” This is their solemn responsibility. Likewise, in view of coming apostasy and in the same vein, Paul said to Timothy, “But watch thou in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, make full proof of thy ministry” (2 Timothy 4:5). Then, speaking more generally, Hebrews 3:12-14 reads, “Take heed, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief, in departing from the living God. But exhort one another daily, while it is called To day; lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin. For we are made partakers of Christ, if we hold the beginning of our confidence stedfast unto the end.” More than once, Jesus said to his disciples to “watch and pray.” Then these words are expanded to include us: “And what I say unto you I say unto all. Watch” (Mark 13:37).
Any way that we look at it, we need to watch. Because men are not watching, the church may plunge into darkness. Noble religious movements may fizzle out. Doctrines may erode and be lost. The trappings and ways of the world may be brought into the church. We may lose our convictions about right and wrong.
Remember. History bears out that man has never been faithful to God for very long. Let us watch and be found faithful.