TRUST: You Must Be on Your Guard

Safety is a paramount matter in our world. In the U.S., OSHA is the federal agency that sets and oversees matters that relate to workplace safety. There are safety issues related to vehicles, food, products and other areas. For example, there is lane keeping assist that warns you when you are veering out of your land. There is also adaptive cruise control. Then, there is the matter of personal safety involving our local law enforcement officers and security systems that people install in their homes and monitored through their cell phones in some cases. No matter where we turn, people are thinking TRUST: You Must Be on Your Guard.

Long before all of those technical devices and systems, Jesus told the disciples TRUST: You Must Be on Your Guard. While certainly it related to personal safety, the larger issue was related to spiritual safety. As Jesus made prophecies, He also made calls for the disciples to maintain the right perspective because the stakes were greater than for personal safety. The gospel was the matter at hand.

Mark 13 (NIV)

Jesus said to them: “Watch out that no one deceives you. Many will come in my name, claiming, ‘I am he,’ and will deceive many.When you hear of wars and rumors of wars, do not be alarmed. Such things must happen, but the end is still to come. Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be earthquakes in various places, and famines. These are the beginning of birth pains.

You must be on your guard. You will be handed over to the local councils and flogged in the synagogues. On account of me you will stand before governors and kings as witnesses to them.

The New King James translates verse nine as “ “But watch out for yourselves, for they will deliver you up to councils, and you will be beaten in the synagogues. You will be brought before rulers and kings for My sake, for a testimony to them.” Luke 21:12 reads “12 “But before all this, they will seize you and persecute you. They will hand you over to synagogues and put you in prison, and you will be brought before kings and governors, and all on account of my name. 13 And so you will bear testimony to me.” TRUST: You Must Be on Your Guard.

Clearly, Jesus put the emphasis not on their personal safety but on caring for the testimony of the saints about Him. Jesus told the disciples that they would have hard times because of Him. They would be called before authorities on account of Him for the sole purpose of testifying about Him. TRUST: You Must Be on Your Guard.

Like you, I have insurance on my car. I have taken some security measures at my home. I share things with my wife and kids about being safe, but Jesus is saying to us all that the most important matter to be on our guard or to watch out for is the furtherance of the gospel. We must be ready and willing to endure for the sake of the gospel. While we are not presently experiencing the hardships that the disciples and followers of Jesus during that era, we too are being told TRUST: You Must Be on Your Guard.

Today, ask God to open your eyes and ears for the opportunity to share about Him. Ask God to make the gospel our priority not our safety or the safety of our families. I am not saying that we should ignore that, but I am saying Christ put a premium on sharing our faith or at least giving a testimony about Him before whomever He put us. TRUST: You Must Be on Your Guard.





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