Sharables Lesson 14 – Eyes Wide Open
Dr. Randy T. Johnson | Growth Pastor
While I was in Seminary, I worked full-time as a Security Officer. It was official stuff. We wore suit and tie. It was a beautiful structure that had two 25-story office towers that were connected with a mall, parking structure, and 5-star restaurant. In the center was an ice skating rink with a glass dome covering the structure. I worked midnight shift at their office tower that was connected by a skywalk.
It was a great job. I studied all night. They loved it because it meant I was awake. Also, being a seminary student helped them trust me. One night, right after I finished one of the rounds, I went into a plush office and sat on a fabulous couch. No one was around. It was about 4:00 am. I turned up my radio and closed my eyes for “a minute.” You probably know where this is going. About an hour later, I checked my radio and had turned it down, not up. I jumped up and listened as the supervisor was calling me. His voice was a little stressed. I went down to the lobby. He said, “We have been looking for you for over half an hour.” I apologized and said, “I fell asleep.” He said, “You took the last round of checkpoints real slow?” I said, “No, I fell asleep.” I was a little slow and did not catch on. Let’s blame the lack of sleep. He smiled and said, “I am sure all your future rounds will be quicker.” I thanked him.
It is embarrassing to get caught sleeping. Mark 13:33-37 gives a parable that emphasizes this point, “Be on guard, keep awake. For you do not know when the time will come. It is like a man going on a journey, when he leaves home and puts his servants in charge, each with his work, and commands the doorkeeper to stay awake. Therefore stay awake—for you do not know when the master of the house will come, in the evening, or at midnight, or when the rooster crows, or in the morning— lest he come suddenly and find you asleep. And what I say to you I say to all: Stay awake.”
We need to stay awake. It is a common theme in sports. In baseball, when a player gets picked off a base, they say he got caught sleeping. In football, a defensive player can be caught off guard when the team throws a bomb after several running plays or on a fake punt. In basketball, you try to find the team sleeping and hit a backdoor pass. These are only sports and have no real lasting importance. Remember basketball player Eric “Sleepy” Floyd got the nickname from playing baseball as a kid.
However, we need to stay awake in other areas. We need to evaluate our own life. Are we ready for the return of the Master?
Next, we need to protect our family. We cannot let people sneak into our house through the door, window, TV, or internet. We need to be on guard. We need to help them be ready.
This can spread to our church. Let’s make sure we stay focused on Jesus.
Be on the watch. Stay awake.
Horrible things are going to happen, but “not on my watch!”