The theme let Christ be formed in you; Become Sober and Vigilant is a clarion call and very timely in our time especially looking at the happenings in the society. We live in a society where Christians, instead of inspiring change, are rather seen as the ones inspiring decadence and rot.
Today, we are being called to be sober and vigilant. Being sober means overcoming or shaking off (lose) a state of intoxication. It also means avoiding completely a state of intoxication.
Intoxication on the other hand refers to a state of drunkenness. It means the condition of having physical or mental control significantly diminished or losing physical or mental control totally by the effects of alcohol and drugs.
Figuratively, it means to lose one’s conscience and act or behave like there’s no tomorrow, living recklessly.
It is also to act and talk loosely like you exercise authority over all of humanity; you’re high at the top, and everyone else is below you; under your foot. No one matters; just you. you’re the only one who is right, everyone else is wrong, and those who dare face up to you become victims.
Today we are being told to lose that state of drunkenness and be vigilant. We are advised to be awake and watchful in order to avoid danger.
As Christians, we are to make provision for safety. Just as we sign up for all forms of insurance cover, we are being called upon to take up another form of insurance, that is insurance cover that extends to life after our earthly journey; eternal life insurance found only in Christ Jesus.
The word BECOME suggests that, in our Christian journey, we must know that;
1. We are not yet there / you have not yet met the expectation, and you know it.
2. You are there, but it seems as if complacency is setting in, and you are gradually letting your guard down (Revelation 2:1-5)
You are the only one who feels you are there; yet everyone else can bear witness that you are not yet there; in fact, you never arrived. You need a renewal of mind to become.
In Luke 12:35-48, we are urged to "let your loins be girded about, and your light burning. Be dressed in readiness and keep your lamps alight”
It is being sober and vigilant by beginning to fulfil your earthly purpose. Keep your light burning/lamps alight in expectation of Christ’s unexpected return, or your unannounced departure.
It is being watchful; discerning, discovering and guarding against/spotting and arresting the dangers this world poses to our souls and against our duties as shepherds and stewards of God's flock that he as given us charge of.
We should let Christ, the light of this world, dwell richly in us for when Christ diminishes, our lights go out, and danger appears. When this occurs, the fruit of the Spirit is displaced (Gal. 5:22-23), and replaced with the fruits of the flesh (Gal. 5:19-21).
We must know that there is a reward for those found watching (verses 43 – 44). There is also punishment/sanctions for those found messing up. (verses 46 – 48). May we all come to the realisation that the end is near and as such we must be beware and become sober and vigilant to the glory of God.