Attention to detail, is a common theme throughout military training. As we adorn our equipment and ensure the path to being “ready”, we’re to remain aware of our gear and of our surroundings so that we can effectively be functional and deploy as part of a larger unit or battalion. Jesus compels us further to observe the signs of the times. In the context of this verse, He warns of the fall of Jerusalem, and of His ultimate return. He expresses to His disciples and to the people in the temple the directions for how to live in the last days. He prepares his message by preparing our hearts. Verse 34 says:
“But watch yourselves lest your hearts be weighed down with dissipation and drunkenness and cares of this life, and that day come upon you suddenly like a trap.”
Here Jesus cautions His disciples not to become complacent – secure and sensual – but to keep their wits about them with a heightened awareness of the times that they are in, and of the enemies that they are potentially facing. He reminds them to remain vigilant! And to not back down from standing the watch, and to do so with great attention to their post.
As you prepare for your daily activities, whether you’re in an office or on the flight line, whether you’re onboard a ship in the shipyards, stateside in garrison, preparing for deployment, or overseas in harm’s way; be mindful of your surroundings. Keep your head on a swivel and ensure you observe the activities taking place around you. Ensure that your weapons are clean and that your gear is ready and be mindful of the signs of the times as we prepare not just for deployment, but for the coming of the Lord Jesus. The day will come that we will stand before Him! And what a glorious day that will be.
Heavenly Father, God I’m thankful for the opportunity to serve. I’m thankful that in this day I get to be aware of my surroundings and that I am a part of a larger unit serving on a mission for good. I’m thankful to know you Lord and I pray that the distractions of the day would not take my focus off of you, and that I will remain fully prepared and vigilant for your coming. I pray that I am able to effectively protect my fellow service members in any given situation. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.