Across the grasslands of the Midwest, prairie dogs scamper around their burrows, going about their busy lives looking for food and frolicking with one another. Although there appears to be a flurry of activity among them as they run back and forth, there are always a few who act as sentries “keeping watch” for predators and danger. Whenever a threat is present, these “watchers” stand on their hind legs and emit a barking sound (more resembling someone stepping on a squeak toy) to alert the others in their little community. Once one sounds the warning, others begin to join in until everyone has been alerted. One simply never sees a prairie dog sentry sleeping on the job!
Shouldn’t we be every bit as diligently on guard as we see the signs of the perilous times in which we live unfolding before our very eyes? This is not the time for us to be sleeping on the job. Jesus Christ told us, “Take heed, watch and pray; for you do not know when the time is… Watch therefore, for you do not know when the master of the house is coming—in the evening, at midnight, at the crowing of the rooster, or in the morning— lest, coming suddenly, he find you sleeping. And what I say to you, I say to all: Watch!” (Mark 13:33, 35-37 NKJV)
We simply do not know when Jesus is returning for His church. We only know that each day is one day closer than the previous one. It is our duty therefore, to be vigilant and watch because the Bible says, For you yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so comes as a thief in the night. (1 Thessalonians 5:2 NKJV)
Like the prairie dogs who sound the alarm to warn their community of danger, we have a responsibility to warn others in our community, as they go about their busy lives, of the impending danger of God’s judgment that will come on those who have not repented. NOW is the time to sound the warning and remind this world of their need for salvation because Jesus Christ is coming back!