“And what I say unto you I say unto all, Watch.” (Mark 13:37)
Jesus said that at the end of a parable about a man who leaves his house to be tended to by others. No one knows when the master of the house shall return so they better, “watch”.
As a stand-alone sentence, “And what I say unto you I say unto all, Watch”, It is one of the strongest, most powerful statements Jesus ever made. It is all focused on the word “watch”. More than just meaning to observe or pay attention, watch is the hook in which we hang our salvation on.
The word watch comes from the Greek word, “Gregoreo”. It means, “to take heed lest through remission and indolence some destructive calamity suddenly overtake one.” To watch means to be awake or spiritual alertness.
Jesus wants us all to fervently watch and pay attention because he knows the human condition is weak.
“Watch ye and pray, lest ye enter into temptation. The spirit truly is ready, but the flesh is weak.” (Mark 14:38)
In a more practical sense how do we watch so that we don’t get spiritually overtaken? First and foremost “Quench not the spirit” (1 Thessalonians 5:19) and “Prove all things; hold fast that which is good” (1 Thessalonians 5:21).
Keep the spirit alive and active within you. Excite the Holy Spirit with your love and dedication to God. The Holy Spirit will then guide you through the labyrinth and pitfalls of life.
To be a proper watchman then all things both new and old need to be tried and tested. Never assume but always seek the truth. Don’t let the preacher fool you, the teacher fool you or even the religion. Hold everything up to the standard of the Bible and see what the end result is. Prove ALL things, not just some of them.
Our salvation isn’t guaranteed. It is why Jesus said, “And what I say unto you I say unto all, Watch.” Don’t misinterpret what is being said here. Let God be true, but every man a liar.
The promises of God are true. His plan of salvation is perfect and waiting on each of us. But during our life’s journey here on earth are many hazards. If we do not watch and pay attention than any of us can be caught in one of these hazards and not even know it until it is too late.
In Second Peter we learn that by, “giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge” (2 Peter 1:5). We are to add to our faith moral correctness and goodness as well as knowledge of the word. Our greatest defense against the wiles of the devil is knowledge of what God said and of what we are to do. This can only come from the Bible itself. The Bible is how we prove all things.
Watch! At all times! “Take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.” (Ephesians 6:13)