(2 Samuel 19-20, Luke 21:20-38)

“But watch yourselves lest your hearts be weighed down with dissipation and drunkenness and cares of this life, and that day come upon you suddenly like a trap.” (Luke 21:34)

When Jesus is addressing his most loyal disciples, He soberly warns them to guard their hearts from coldness and offense. He wasn’t speaking to lukewarm followers; He was speaking to the best of the best, those who had left everything to be with Him. He was speaking to people like you…and me!

Jesus commands us to be watchful over the state of our own hearts. We are all at risk of falling away. What does it mean to be weighed down with dissipation? Dissipation is the process of slowly disappearing or becoming less. It’s like the old adage of the frog in the pot. The heat is turned up incrementally until it’s too late for the frog to escape. Jesus warns us to watch out for the slow drift. It’s not the big sins that take us out, it’s usually the little foxes!

Was there ever a time in your life that you burned hot for the Lord? Consider your heart! Has your love for God grown cold? Have you slowly drifted from His presence? Don’t waste a minute in condemnation. No! Rather, repent. Turn your heart back. Surrender all over again. This is an invitation to come back and to burn bright. The Lord loves you! And there is grace to go the full distance…fully devoted to Him. Believe it. Receive it.