But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived.
2 Timothy 3:13
Do you look forward to a vacation? Christmas break? Spring break? How about the end a work week? Sure. We look forward to moments of rest and relaxation. Jesus even told His disciples to “Come apart and rest a while.” Rest is good. While we need physical rest, emotional/relational relaxation, and spiritual renewal, we should never “take the day off” from be vigilant Christians.
We have an adversary who is always on duty. We have an opponent who never takes a break. We are in a spiritual battle and at just the right time, a moment of weakness, or unawareness, Satan will pounce. 1 Peter 5:8 says, Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour…
Radio preacher Erwin Lutzer suggested: “No matter how many pleasures Satan offers you, his ultimate intention is to ruin you. Your destruction is his highest priority.” He is certainly right about that.
Here are several sobering thoughts:
- Evil never takes a day off. Just turn on the news. Evil is escalating everyday.
- Satan never takes a day off. Like a ferocious lion, he is always prepared to pounce.
- Temptation never takes a day off. Every one of us, everyday, will face new temptations. Sometimes the temptations are recycled forms of previous temptations. Sometimes they are brand new. Whatever the case, the Lord can give you victory over that temptation.
Because Satan, evil, and temptation never take a day off, I encourage you to not become lazy in your Christianity. Be aware of the score. Know what is going on in the battlefield. Pack your “spiritual bags” at church to be more prepared when tempted to sin. Hear more Bible preaching, not less. Be filled and satisfied with Bible truth, not with the non-sense entertainment and distractions of the world. Put on the whole armor of God. Keep your shoes on to flee from Satan. Be around spiritual people who will encourage you and challenge you to faithfulness in service to Jesus. Open the Bible and let the Word of God into your life. Don’t be deceived! Be an aware believer, engaging actively each day.
Your life depends on it.
Your family depends on it.
Those around you will be influenced by your choices.
Don’t take a spiritual day off.