Consciousness in its simplest form is awareness of internal or external existence. Infants, children and adolescents rarely think about consciousness, unaware of the intricacies of the human body. As time takes it’s toll on the life, maintaining consciousness becomes an unavoidable challenge. Between the rising concerns surrounding mental health and numerous complications with old age, staying alive can be a weekly grind.
Therefore, preparing your minds for action, and being sober-minded, set your hope fully on the grace that will be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ, 1 Peter 1:13.
Unfortunately, nobody knows the exact day or time of their deaths. Some may receive inclinations, warning signs or visions, but few people live their lives as if today or tomorrow will be their last. Thus, maintaining consciousness is in God’s hands. Unless of course a drunk driver exercises their own freewill to use their vehicle as a tool of death. One day you could feel great and the next you’re stricken with cancer. Meanwhile, others show no signals of decay until an aneurysm, heart attack or gun shot wound tragically ends a life.
Therefore you also must be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect, Matthew 24:44.
While coping with this uncertainty, the Lord desires individuals to exercise a spiritual consciousness. One of Jesus’ former disciples writes about preparing your mind for action. This can be executed with a sober mind set fully on the grace of God. Another disciple devotes an entire chapter on Jesus’ teaching of eschatology, what will happen in the last days. Until these days arrive, maintaining consciousness is the least that you can do, health permitting. Draw near to God and God will draw near to you.
by Jay Mankus