Then He said to them, "My soul is deeply grieved to the point of death; remain here and keep watch with Me." (Matthew 26:38 NASB)
During World War II our small town in Montgomery, Pennsylvania organized a self-defense watch station. Volunteers manned the station 24/7. Our task was to report the number of planes and direction of flight to headquarters.
There are many Bible verses that instruct us to watch. The Psalmist David said, "Set a guard, O Lord, over my mouth; keep watch over the door of my lips." (Psalm 141:3 NASB) The Apostle Paul said, "Be on the alert (watch), stand firm in the faith, act like men, be strong." (1 Corinthians 16:13 NASB)
Watching requires diligence, determination, commitment, and faithfulness to duty. Men in the military know what it means to slacken off on a watch. A whole unit could be wiped out by the failure to stay awake while on watch. We all have the responsibility to watch out for the souls of our fellow believers, neighbors, and friends.
Are you faithfully watching?