Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. – 1 Peter 5:8
This afternoon, I had a round of badminton with some friends from church. It was a good time of bonding and exercise, both of which were much needed. As we fought for points, I was acutely aware of how each person had certain styles, and how my opponent was exploiting certain weaknesses of my team’s, e.g. striking where we least expect. 1 Peter 5:8 came to my mind immediately. In a badminton match, we can ask for a time out when we’re tired, but that isn’t going to work with the devil.
We really need to be sober and vigilant at all times, and bring every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ (2 Cor 10:5). How can we be sober and vigilant at all times? I believe a very important key to that is to be in a strong community of believers, brothers and sisters who will hold you accountable and watch over you. We all have times when we need to rest and may let our guards down. But if we stay connected to the vine, if we stay in the light, and keep our eyes on Jesus, darkness will have to flee.
Oh yes, I’m thrilled to find out that we have a digital keyboard in the office! Though I stopped piano lessons long ago, I thank God for the foundation that I still have, and coupled with my theory, am now able to play one of my favorite songs satisfactorily!