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“Therefore let us not sleep, as do others; but let us watch and be sober”

(1Th 5:6). 

 

 

The instruction to be sober is so emphasized throughout scripture that we cannot afford to ignore it. To be sober means to be serious, watchful, temperate, moderate regarding indulgence of appetite, grave.

 

This instruction is given specifically to spiritual leaders.  1 Timothy 3:2 says: “A bishop then must be blameless, the husband of one wife, vigilant, sober, of good behaviour, given to hospitality, apt to teach.” It is also reiterated in Titus 1:7. But it doesn’t end there.

 

The wives of leaders are also given this instruction in 1 Tim 3:11. “Even so must their wives be grave, not slanderers, sober, faithful in all things.”

 

Elderly men are also instructed to be sober. Tit 2:2 says:  “That the aged men be sober, grave, temperate, sound in faith, in charity, in patience. Elderly women and young women are also advised to do the same in Titus 2:3,4. Young men are always admonished to be sober in Titus 2:6. No one is left out of this admonition. And just in case you think you are, see 1Thessalonians 5:6: “Therefore let us not sleep, as do others; but let us watch and be sober.”

 

So why is sobriety so important? The first reason is that Jesus is coming soon. We have a ministry to fulfil. We need to tell people about him. The ministry of reconciliation has been entrusted to our care and we can’t afford to let them die without Christ. That is why as Christians, we take study of the word of seriously. We know it is our responsibility to teach others.  Another reason is that you have an adversary after you. You must resist him, steadfast in the faith. This requires sobriety.

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