A Watched Pot Never … Wait! … Watch It!

Advent 3Jesus said, “Therefore, keep watch, because you do not know the day or the hour.” – Matthew 25:13

Have you ever heard the phrase, “A watched pot never boils”?

The earthly logic is clear: If you’re just sitting there waiting for something to occur, things seem to just drag on and on, and it never seems to never happen. Meaning: you might as well keep busy doing other things and while you’re busy with the rest of life, the pot will soon boil anyway.

In terms of the second coming of Christ, most of us are don’t-watch-the-pot kind of people. We busy ourselves with the busyness of life, and ignore what Christ says is on the urgently bubbling stove. (“Urgently bubbling?” we say. “Ha, it’s been two thousand years. What’s the odds of it happening while I’m busy with my life?)

But actually that’s Christ’s very warning. As few verses before today’s keep watch (v 38-39), Jesus said, “as in those days before the flood [normal everyday people] were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day Noah entered the ark, and they knew nothing until the flood came and swept them all away, so too will be the coming of the Son of Man.”

Urgency! That was Christ’s clear warning.

And it could happen tomorrow … even if Christ doesn’t return on tomorrow’s clouds, any of us could have a heart attack or get hit by a bus; therefore, Jesus warns us to, “keep watch” and be ready.

In Christ’s Love,

a guy who occasionally

finds it useful to remind

himself to straighten up,

because what would

Christ think if he came

and I was caught

living a little crooked?


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