23 Nov Heart to Heart with God: Day 173_Keeping Watch
by Michael Bluemling Jr.
183 Days of Reflection Towards God’s Love and Acceptance
~June 4, 2014-December 3, 2014
Day 173- Richmond, Virginia: Keeping Watch
As Jesus, the Good Shepherd, watches over His flock so do we in our own way. We are usually on guard against the evil of world and trying to keep wicked people out of our lives. We are also on guard watching out for the safety of our children and the protection of the ones that we love. We are not only called by Jesus to watch out for our family, friends, and fellow Christians. Rather we are called to keep watch for people from all walks of life, so that they may also be equally saved and protected from the lies of the devil.
God teaches us the following from the Apostle Mark in who we should associate with as we attempt to help others gain the Kingdom of God: “And it happened that He was reclining at the table in his house, and many tax collectors and sinners were dining with Jesus and His disciples; for there were many of them, and they were following Him. When the scribes of the Pharisees saw that He was eating with the sinners and tax collectors, they said to His disciples, “Why is He eating and drinking with tax collectors and sinners?” And hearing this, Jesus said to them, “It is not those who are healthy who need a physician, but those who are sick; I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners”. God sent Jesus to die for our sins, so that every one of us can be saved. The non-believers and those who have no faith are the ones who we need to be on the lookout for the most.
What is faith without actions? What is faith with only words that speak lies and deception? Do we consider ourselves better than our neighbors? Are we not all one Body of Christ? From Proverbs, “The tongue of the wise makes knowledge acceptable, But the mouth of fools spouts folly. The eyes of the LORD are in every place, Watching the evil and the good. A soothing tongue is a tree of life, But perversion in it crushes the spirit”. God is with us and understands the challenges that we face. Rising above evil and earthly glory together as followers of Jesus is half the battle, and the other half is faith, hope, and love. Amen.
Jesus. Please watch over our souls and protect us from all evil, as we strive to live in faith as one community. Amen.
Reflection Day #173
Three takeaways towards your journey with God: