"But watch yourselves lest your hearts be weighed down with dissipation and drunkenness and cares of this life, and that day come upon you suddenly like a trap” (v34). Jesus urged his disciples to be ready for “the end” by staying faithful to him. The enemy of the soul is far more dangerous than one with physical weapons; he tempts and distracts and weighs us down with “care of this life” so that we forget our Lord. Jesus told us to “stay awake …praying” that we will have strength to remain faithful (v36).
“The kingdom of God is near” (v31). Jesus calls us to live with expectation, guarding our hearts and arranging our lives in hope of his return.