Keep watch over yourselves and all the flock of which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers. Be shepherds of the church of God, which he bought with his own blood. Acts 20:28 (NIV)
Beware! Guard yourselves! Watch out! Pay careful attention! The warning is given. Part of what we are warned about is that worldly minded people will infiltrate the flock and try to ruin our chances of ever coming truly to Jesus. Evil forces do not want us to end up in the Presence of God. But the other part of our warning is against our own selves. Why? Could Christians today still have a dire need to keep watch over the leanings of their own hearts?
The Christian today may think that we are out of hot water. We may take faith in our choices, our standard of living and the fact that we call ourselves by the name of the Lord. We may find a thousand texts in the Bible to bolster our confidence. But what are we putting our confidence in? Should we take great care and place much attention into where our focus is? Shall we still hear the warnings and know that our fallen natures will tend to side with the world? Shall we be on guard against every trick our own minds will try to use to place our confidence in anything less than the Son of God Himself? Shall we keep watch over how close we are to Jesus Christ each day to assure our chances of being with God?
Let us feel the urgency of the warning! Help us focus on You rather than trust ourselves! Help us keep watch and press on into Your Presence! Let us be with You forever we pray!