We must live our lives being prepared for Christ’s return. Jesus was trying to help the folk of his day understand that it took more than simply knowing the Messiah was coming—They needed to be ready to meet him. The foolish ones knew he was coming, but when his arrival came they were not ready. When they finally became ready, it was too late. The same was true for Israel’s religious establishment. They knew a Messiah was coming, they watched for him for generations. But when the time came they were simply not prepared for him and totally missed him. When they finally realize he is Lord, it will be too late.
The same holds true for our culture. So many folks know of Jesus. They have heard the stories and many think that someday they will deal with him. But like the foolish ones in the story, they are not prepared for him and miss him in their lives. When reality sets in—t will be too late. We have to enter a relationship with him. We have to allow him to be a part of our lives so that he can forgive us and restore us to the people he created us to be—free, forgiven and following him. If we prepare, we will be ready for his return and follow him to eternity. Do not allow yourself to be caught unaware, ask him to be a part of your life, today.
God Bless You
“At that time the kingdom of heaven will be like ten virgins who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom. 2 Five of them were foolish and five were wise. 3 The foolish ones took their lamps but did not take any oil with them. 4 The wise ones, however, took oil in jars along with their lamps. 5 The bridegroom was a long time in coming, and they all became drowsy and fell asleep. 6 “At midnight the cry rang out: ‘Here’s the bridegroom! Come out to meet him!’ 7 “Then all the virgins woke up and trimmed their lamps. 8 The foolish ones said to the wise, ‘Give us some of your oil; our lamps are going out.’
9 “‘No,’ they replied, ‘there may not be enough for both us and you. Instead, go to those who sell oil and buy some for yourselves.’10 “But while they were on their way to buy the oil, the bridegroom arrived. The virgins who were ready went in with him to the wedding banquet. And the door was shut. 11 “Later the others also came. ‘Lord, Lord,’ they said, ‘open the door for us!’ 12 “But he replied, ‘Truly I tell you, I don’t know you.’
13 “Therefore keep watch, because you do not know the day or the hour.