If you are the older sibling, you might have heard the phrase “look after” your brother or sister. If you are in a management position, your job is to “look after” whatever you are managing, and this usually includes a group of people. When you have children, you “look after” them.
Looking after someone requires time and attention. Looking after someone at its best requires love and dedication. Looking after someone or something requires caring. Looking after someone requires being intentional and present.
The author of Hebrews wrote, “Look after each other so that none of you fails to receive the grace of God.” He went on to mention bitterness that leads to trouble and corruption. We spend a lot of time looking after ourselves, looking after our families, looking after our co-workers—let us not forget to look after our brothers and sisters.
“Look after each other so that none of you fails to receive the grace of God. Watch out that no poisonous root of bitterness grows up to trouble you, corrupting many.” – Hebrews 12:15 [NLT]
Whenever I make certain items for dinner, I have to keep watch over the boiling pot or it will overflow and make a huge mess. I had this happen numerous times and I know the importance of keeping watch. On this particular day I had a pot on the stove and turned my back for only a moment.
I turned my back ironically to scrub a dish that had some caked on food. It wasn’t as if I did something wrong like leaving the room. I thought I was close enough to keep watch. I thought turning my back for a moment would be okay. I needed to get the food off the dish. In the end, the pot boiled over and I had a much larger mess.
We are told to keep watch. Many things try to pull us away from keeping watch. At times we think some things vying for our attention are okay. Remember that there is a reason we are to keep watch. Keep watch. Don’t lose sight.
“Be always on the watch, and pray that you may be able to escape all that is about to happen, and that you may be able to stand before the Son of Man.” – Luke 21:36 [NIV]