“However, no one knows the day or hour when these things will happen, not even the angels in heaven or the Son himself. Only the Father knows. And since you don’t know when that time will come, be on guard! Stay alert !
“The coming of the Son of Man can be illustrated by the story of a man going on a long trip. When he left home, he gave each of his slaves instructions about the work they were to do, and he told the gatekeeper to watch for his return. You, too, must keep watch! For you don’t know when the master of the household will return—in the evening, at midnight, before dawn, or at daybreak. Don’t let him find you sleeping when he arrives without warning. I say to you what I say to everyone: Watch for him!”
Be on guard! Be alert! Watch! Do not neglect the Lord’s work! What is our part? What is our assignment? What have we been commanded to DO? Are we allowing distractions, selfish desires, outside demands to hinder the accomplishment of what he asks us to do?
We are compared to the servants in the household, each of us with a task to do. The warning is to not be found asleep on the job. What are the consequences for being found asleep on the job? God’s Word tells us what we are to do, the Holy Spirit gives understanding and instructions. Are we in the Word as often as we need, to know what it is we need to do? Will we be found actively doing the Word? Is it alive and active within us?