“Be careful, or your hearts will be weighed down with dissipation, drunkenness and the anxieties of life, and that day will close on you unexpectedly like a trap. For it will come upon all those who live on the face of the whole earth. Be always on the watch, and pray that you may be able to escape all that is about to happen, and that you may be able to stand before the Son of Man.”
Jesus told His disciples that there was going to be a lot going down! They were to be careful. They were to keep watch! The goal was spiritual health and discernment so that they would be able to ‘stand before the Son of Man.’ Jesus said, be careful, or your hearts will be weighed down to the point where you will not have discernment and then that day will ‘close on you unexpectedly.’ What are the things our hearts can be weighed down with? Jesus had a list of 3:
- dissipation – wasteful, self-indulgent, intemperate living (needed help from Webster’s on this one!)
- drunkenness – being filled with the other kind of spirits
- anxieties of life – worrying about life’s details, being preoccupied and overly concerned
There is a gravity to life that causes us to not look heavenward. We are prone to medicate the pain of life with self-indulgent living and drunkenness. And when we awake from our sin-filled stupor, there are more anxieties waiting for us than before. These things weigh down our hearts. These things keep us from the reality of the Kingdom and Spirit-infused living. These things will steal all discernment from us and soon we’ll be living as if all there is to life is this life. Jesus said, ‘be careful.’
We’ve been learning lately how the flesh and the Spirit do not want the same things. They are in conflict with each other (Galatians 5:17). So I should not be surprised when the two clash. I should expect the conflict that rages!
Jesus said to be careful so that my heart would not be weighed down. His yoke is easy and His burden is light (Matthew 11:30).
- So instead of selfish, indulgent living, I’m called to serve.
- Instead of being drunk, I’m called to be filled with the Spirit.
- Instead of shouldering the anxieties and worries of this life, I am to ‘cast all my cares upon Him’ (1 Peter 5:7)
Honestly, my flesh likes the other way. It even likes to worry incessantly, but that is the way of bondage. Jesus’ life, death and resurrection has set me free! He has given me life. New life. Eternal life! I am His.
Lord, when my heart becomes weighed down with the sin and stuff of earth, remind me who I am. Thank You for Your grace and the redemption you have brought that has blessed my life. You are worthy of my life and of all the praise I can bring. Use me today to ease the burden of others.