Is your security system armed?

robber-flashlight“While people are saying, ‘Peace and safety,’ destruction will come on them suddenly, as labor pains on a pregnant woman, and they will not escape. But you, brothers, are not in darkness so that this day should surprise you like a thief” 1 Thessalonians 5:3-4.

A home security camera recently revealed a disturbing image that went viral: a teen robber with a flashlight peering into the crib of their unprotected infant while the family slept. Trust in their security system told them ‘peace and safety’ and let them sleep, but they had not armed the system before going to bed.

Spiritually, we know the world burns with all kinds of dangers to us; the thieves are known and plentiful. But we fall asleep with dreams of ‘peace and safety’ because of our trust in our security system: we’ve believed and been baptized, attend church regularly, read our Bibles and pray more often than not, and get involved in service projects.

But is our security system armed? Are we truly living a life worthy of the gospel in all we think, say, or do?

Since we are sons of light, “let us not be like the others, who are asleep,” verses 6 and 7 tell us, by being alert and self-controlled?

Is your security system armed?

Doug Kashorek
Plattsburgh church of Christ

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