Blepo Your Blepo...
And Jesus began to say to them, “See that no one leads you astray...But be on your guard...But be on guard; I have told you all things beforehand...Be on guard, keep awake. Mark 13:5, 9, 23, 33
It should come as no surprise that advertisers spend millions of dollars each year studying the science of attention, both through empirical research and testing with target audiences. One add company's motto is "6. 5 seconds." That motto is based on their research indicating that the typical viewer really pays attention to only 6.5 seconds of any TV ad. Their goal is to "capture the consumers' attention and motivate them to act" in that brief time. They want to ensure that we spend our 6.5 seconds of attention on the product and not the problem. What is quickly and quietly grabbing your attention in less than 6.5 seconds? **
Five times in Mark 13 Jesus uses the Greek emphatic phrase "blepo your blepo!" Context is critical; this chapter contains his discussion with his men regarding end times, tribulation and his return to Earth. Four of those phrases are above. The word "blepo" literally means to see or discern by using your eyes. When doubled in a phrase (blepo your blepo), its meaning is intensified. Don't just look, SEE! Blepo your blepo is a way of saying, "Pay attention! Look around carefully, be aware! Heads up! On guard!"
Several years ago I received a death threat from a young man angry with me; in a briefing with local law enforcement, I was told this young man fit the profile of a school shooter. They instructed me in "situational awareness," the ability to elevate awareness of my surroundings, alert to possible danger. For several weeks I practiced situational awareness at new levels. I learned to "blepo my blepo." ***
We are coming out of a covid crisis; hopefully, its end is near. I wonder what looms or lurks next. Have you paid attention to what God has said in the previous 16 months? Things I've heard from on high:
It's time to focus seriously on following Jesus. Time is short, His coming near.
Re-prioritize your lifestyle, drop second-tier issues, get out of debt.
Use isolation forced upon you to press into Jesus personally. Love earnestly.
Heighten discernment, as a plethora of lies and half truths stalk our land.
Pay attention to God's Word more than ever, seek the Spirit's filling daily.
Foolish is the man or woman who pays attention to the wrong stuff these days.
Through prophet Isaiah 2,800 years ago, God said “Remember not the former things, nor consider the things of old. Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it?" Isaiah 43:17-18. Our God who is never-changing is ever-doing new things. Let us perceive, discern, and walk in the light of His presence and Word. It's time to increase our situational awareness significantly.
Paying attention, Perry Floyd
** Robert J. Morgan, Worry Less, Live More (Thomas Nelson, 2017), page xiii
*** no shooting occurred, thank the Lord