Matthew 26:36-46 (NKJV) - focus on 36
36Then Jesus went with his disciples to a place called Gethsemane, and he said to them, “Sit here while I go over there and pray.”
Last week we discussed how Jesus told His disciples to stay woke. Today, our scripture reminds us that Jesus commanded one simple instruction, sit here, not sleep here. This instruction leads us to our first tool, let's look at it.
The first tool to staying woke is to be watchful or alert! It is important to be watchful because Satan is always looking to create havoc. Open your beautiful eyes and see how sexual assault has risen, hate crimes have risen, violence as a result of drug and human trafficking has risen, and redistricting of communities for implementation of unfair education has risen! It is important to be vigilant because violence is occurring in our own backyard and if we are not watchful and alert, we may just end up in a situation where we deny our Lord and Savior like Peter! Furthermore, it is important to be watchful because it allows the space for us to examine the truth! As the hymn writer wrote: “Open my eyes that I may see, Glimpses of truth Thou hast for me; Place in my hands the wonderful key, That shall unclasp and set me free.” Or even as Teddy Pendergrass and Harold Melvin sang, “Wake up everybody no more sleepin' in bed, No more backward thinkin' time for thinkin' ahead; The world has changed so very much - From what it used to be; There is so much hatred war an' poverty; Wake up all the teachers time to teach a new way; Maybe then they'll listen to whatcha have to say; ’Cause they're the ones who's coming up and the world is in their hands; When you teach the children teach em the very best you can; The world won't get no better if we just let it be; The world won't get no better we gotta change it yeah, just you and me! The only way that we can obtain the glimpses of truth, the only way that the world will get better is if we stay watchful and alert! So, stay woke because Satan is creeping, he gonna find you and better NOT catch you sleeping, so stay woke!
Over these next few weeks, I will continue to go into each one of these tools. Today, I encourage you to be watchful and alert to what is going on in your neighborhood and the community at large.