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 Scriptures 

Mark 13: 34-36 

33 And since you don’t know when they will happen, stay alert and keep watch. 34 “The coming of the Son of Man can be compared with that of a man who left home to go on a trip. He gave each of his employees instructions about the work they were to do, and he told the gatekeeper to watch for his return. 35 So keep a sharp lookout! For you do not know when the homeowner will return—at evening, midnight, early dawn, or late daybreak. 36 Don’t let him find you sleeping when he arrives without warning. 37 What I say to you I say to everyone: Watch for his return! 

 King James Versions- Mark 12:33-35 

33 Take ye heed, watch and pray: for ye know not when the time is.34 For the Son of Man is as a man taking a far journey, who left his house, and gave authority to his servants, and to every man his work, and commanded the porter to watch.35 Watch ye therefore: for ye know not when the master of the house cometh, at even, or at midnight, or at the cockcrowing, or in the morning:36 Lest coming suddenly he find you sleeping.37 And what I say unto you I say unto all, Watch. 

 Introduction 

Have you ever wondered why it seems as though things are getting worse day by day? Are you asking questions about why God seems to sit back and allow bad things happen to good people? But one thing is certain, Jesus will return. So what are we to do until he comes? What is our responsibility until he comes to rapture his church? This scripture tells us that he is only gone on a trip and he has given each of us instructions on what we need to do while he is away. Just like in Matthew 25: 14, 15 Jesus tells the story of a man giving talents to his servants. He wanted them to invest with the talents. We are not sure that Jesus was speaking about Pastors but his story suggests that some one has the responsibility to warn people about his coming. So Don’t Be Caught Sleeping. 

 

Body 

Today we find that most of us are asleep. While the world challenges God and his authority and power. We as the church are not speaking up and warning the world that Jesus is soon to return. It seems as though the church is asleep, how can I say this with such confidence.  We find ourselves looking for deliverance from a government run by unsaved and unrepentant individuals. We are asleep because millions of  

Africans and the poor go without food and proper shelter. We are worried about the yearly salary we are going to make. Whether our not we will have Social Security Benefits. But yet Jesus tells us that we are to be about the work of kingdom. Someone has to mind the store while the owner is out. Someone has to warn the world that God will judge all sin and the time of repentance is now.  The church needs to wake up and do the work God has called us to do. While we fight in our churches about the seats we are going to have in the sanctuary. Many are crying out for help, but don’t know where to go. While we are building stadium sized churches, many are living in poverty and being killed because they have bible study in their homes. The church is asleep; Jesus wants us to know Don’t Be Caught Sleeping. How do I keep from being caught asleep? 

 

  1. We Must pray continuously– Just like in the garden of Gethsemane Jesus tell us that we must always pray and seek the kingdom.
     
  2. Don’t Get Sidetracked– It is easy for us to loose focus. When things are getting tough and this world get us preoccupied with different things. But we have to stay focused on Christ.
     
  3. Be Encouraged– No matter how hard live gets we must continue to trust in God. God tolds us the he would supply all of our needs according to his riches in Glory. We are not to put all of our trust in a man or President.  If God wants you to have it. Then it will be yours, But we must keep in mind that we are to warn the world of his coming.  

 Conclusion
The message has to go out and we are to take it to the world.  

The children of God need to be in much prayer now, not out of fear but for guidance. We must be telling the world that Jesus died for our sins. Jesus was not asleep while Israel went through slavery and persecution. God was not sleeping when African Americans were in slavery for over 400 years. And God is not sleeping now; he is just waiting for more of his people to be saved. He desires the church to pray and live up to the calling he has put on each and every member.