Read: Matthew 25:1-13
When we daily follow the same pattern of chores in our life, monotony sets in while following the same routine. We can be less alert to hidden dangers. It is just like a person who follows the same pathway in the dark daily to go from his work place to his home. Initially he must have not faced any dangers, so he assumed that there was no danger. But the enemy watches him and gets hold of the opportunity when he least expects it and is unprepared. The Bible tells us to be alert; to be awake if we are asleep. Our Saviour will come any minute. We must be prepared for His arrival with a repentant heart. Never postpone to forgive anyone, for you will not know when Christ comes. Satan is a schemer and purposely breeds the unforgiving attitude, so we must be aware that he does not outwit us (2 Cor. 2:10-11). We should not be lazy or be unprepared to receive our bridegroom Jesus like the five virgins who slept and missed the opportunity to receive the bridegroom (Matt. 25:1-13).
Jesus Himself said, “Take heed to yourselves, lest your hearts be weighed down with carousing, drunkenness, and cares of this life, and that Day come on you unexpectedly. For it will come as a snare on all those who dwell on the face of the whole earth. Watch therefore, and pray always that you may be counted worthy to escape all these things that will come to pass, and to stand before the Son of Man” (Luke 21:34-36).
We must be vigilant of the schemes of the devil. If we are not awake, we can fall into his trap easily. Put on the full armour of God at all times (Eph. 6:11). Do not go unprepared. You are a soldier in Christ. If you have been less alert earlier, “Awake, sleeper, and arise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you” (Eph. 5:14).