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The parable of the 10 virgins was an alarming one.  The story simply put; talks of being ready for the bridegroom to appear. Half the group was ready, and half fell asleep on the job.  The troubling part was twofold–1st, half the group did not come prepared for the delay in the bridegroom’s appearance. The second problem, the half that missed the return, were out of luck to experience the relationship with the bridegroom. 

In that time, being a part of such a celebration was a big deal. To be invited was itself an honor, but to be invited and not be ready was a huge insult.  The people that heard that story–knew that in real life such an event would be treated as an audience with the king. All that received it, would come ready and stay on edge–no matter how long it took. 

In our lives, the meaning is clear, be prepared for Christ’s return. It may seem as though it will never happen, but to be unprepared for it would be devastating.  Preparation for Christ’s return is simple. Trust Him, follow Him and allow Him to be Lord of your life. As you do, He will lead, guide and protect you. He will prepare you for the life ahead. He will provide and transform you into an amazing person; full of the Spirit and ready for His return.  It is a difficult process; but, it is also an Amazing Journey!!!

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. Five of them were foolish and five were wise. The foolish ones took their lamps but did not take any oil with them. The wise ones, however, took oil in jars along with their lamps. The bridegroom was a long time in coming, and they all became drowsy and fell asleep.

“At midnight the cry rang out: ‘Here’s the bridegroom! Come out to meet him!’

“Then all the virgins woke up and trimmed their lamps. The foolish ones said to the wise, ‘Give us some of your oil; our lamps are going out.’

“‘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.