The verses for today are the practical application to what Jesus has been talking about in the previous verses of Chapter 21. He has been telling his disciples about his death and his second coming.
Now he tells them that in light of all that will happen they need to be careful and watchful of their lives. J. C Ryle points out that these words of Jesus are startling because he is not addressing the Pharisees or other carnal minded people. He is addressing James, John and the rest of the Apostles. These were men who had given up everything in order follow Jesus, yet it is to them that he says,
“But watch yourselves lest your hearts be weighed down with dissipation and drunkenness and cares of this life,” (Lk. 21:34)
Before we consider watchfulness we need to see the importance of humility. We are all capable of falling, and falling hard! We see this over and over again in the Bible. Remember Noah, who saw God destroy the earth and save his life and yet he chose to get drunk. We see David, a man after God’s own heart, commit adultery and murder. Then there is Abraham who lied about his wife Sarah being his sister, TWICE!
Jesus is letting the disciples know that no one is above stumbling and letting sin take over their lives. Therefore we all need to be careful.
Here are some of the areas we are to keep watch over.
Dissipation can mean living a life of debauchery as well using money, time or other resources foolishly. Being a Christian does not eliminate the temptation to misspend God’s money or live lazy lives of inactivity.
I think Jesus mentions drunkenness here because overindulgence in alcohol dulls the mind. People who are drunk can’t walk straight or even think straight. They are unreasonable and lack self-control. They cannot make wise decisions and almost always regret their actions and words the next day. Jesus tell his disciples and us that we need to be cautious because we cannot be on our guard against the attacks of the devil or obedient to God’s word or keeping our mind on Jesus if our brain is befuddled.
3. Care of this life
We are not only to keep ourselves from an excess of drinking and other worldly things but we should also keep ourselves from an excess of anxiety. Worry and anxiety will eat a person up from the inside out. It will steal peace, joy, thankfulness, and contentment. Then, from a heart that is missing these things will flow complaining, harsh words, bad moods and tears. Anxiety causes self contentedness. When we are anxious we take our eyes off Jesus and we end up focusing on ourselves and our circumstances. We must remember this:
But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. Matthew 6:33
Seek the kingdom above everything else because Jesus is coming and the Lord’s coming will be sudden.
In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, the whole course of the world shall be stopped. The King of kings shall appear. The dead shall be raised. The living shall be changed. Unbelief shall wither away. Truth shall be known by myriads too late. The world with all its trifles and shadows shall be thrust aside. Eternity with all its dreadful realities shall begin. All this shall begin at once, without notice, without warning, without note of preparation.
Christ’s return and all of the promises that will be fulfilled at his second coming should encourage us to live careful lives so we won’t be ashamed when he returns.
We need to make sure that our hope is in Christ who died for our sins and not in our own righteousness. And then, this will be a glorious event. I, for one, cannot wait!
While we should not neglect the duties we have here on earth we need to live as women who are expecting their savior to come at any moment.
All life is moving towards Jesus.
Looking to Him,