The Importance of Watching – Luke 21:34

“But take heed to yourselves, lest your hearts be weighed down with carousing, drunkenness, and cares of this life, and that Day come on you unexpectedly.

It is deeply perplexing and troubling for me that Lord Jesus puts carousing and drunkenness in the same sentence as ‘the cares of this life’. Carousing and drunkenness are so obviously wrong and nasty. Tending to and worrying about ‘the cares of this life’ seems so necessary and almost responsible. And to put it as ‘weighed down’, doesn’t that just indicate how mature and responsible one is when they tend to the cares of this life and those cares weigh on their mind? Only non-serious, lazy people ignore the cares of this life and live nonchalant and fancy free, right?

I honestly never knew how hard it would be. I may often pridefully think of myself as NOT a carouser or drunkard; yet, my sin is black with the cares and distresses of this life. What a prig I am. How insidious is this sin that seeps into my psyche and seems so noble. Who do I think I am? I am a sorry sinner plagued by the lowliest, most immature temptations. I don’t even have the justification of an addiction. It’s just pride and self centeredness highlighting the lack of faith in my life.

Lord Jesus, help my unbelief. Have mercy on me a sinner.

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