The operational definition of alertness is “being aware of that which is taking place around me so that I can have the right response to it.” God tells us to be watchful and to look out for relationships, property, or resources that the enemy may try to kill, steal, or destroy. Alertness involves intentionally observing what is happening around you. For example, an alert person will notice the sadness or excitement of others, will sense the right time to speak, and will recognize potential dangers such as poison ivy, a stray dog, or an approaching storm. When a potential problem has been perceived, alertness becomes effective when we follow up with an appropriate response, such as offering a glass of water, removing a harmful object, or reporting what was seen. Alertness leads to opportunities to express other qualities, such as kindness, hospitality, and initiative.
The opposite of alertness is unawareness. A person lacking awareness does not pay attention to his surroundings and to the people around him. His unawareness could be due to being absorbed in an activity or preoccupied with his own needs and desires. Distractions and daydreaming divert his focus and rob him of opportunities. In other situations, a person may notice concerns or signs of potential danger, yet choose to dismiss the warnings with the thought, “It’s fine.” His unresponsiveness may be a result of irresponsibility, selfishness, or laziness. Beware of the consequences of unawareness! The unwary and unresponsive person may suffer loss or unknowingly put himself or others in harm’s way.
- Do I understand that I am in spiritual warfare and must guard against temptation?
- Am I studying the Bible so that I can discern between truth and false doctrines?
- Have I purposed to not listen to gossip, lies, and half-truths?
- What dangers have I recognized and communicated to others?
- Must my parents warn me more than once about the same poor choices, activities, or friends?
- What questions could I ask to help me rightly interpret and evaluate what is taking place around me?
- Do I scan my surroundings for danger and avoid potentially harmful places and situations?
- What precautions do I use online when searching and sharing information?
More About Alertness
God enables me to:
Know the enemy will attack.
Beware of lies.
Sharpen my spiritual senses.
Recognize the tactics of the enemy.
Choose to do right before I am tempted.
Keep my eyes and ears open.
Recognize and heed warnings.
Tell others of danger.
Stay away from unsafe places.
Alertness in Scripture
A Young Man Overhears a Deadly Plot
Revealed in Nature
Biblical Character Illustrated Curriculum
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