'And at midnight a cry was heard...' Matthew 25:6 NKJ
Jesus told a parable (that you might find isn’t mentioned all too often) about some bridesmaids waiting for the groom to arrive.
Five of them were wise, and five of them were foolish. Having a burning lamp was a requirement for taking part in the wedding feast in those days, yet the foolish bridesmaids didn’t have enough oil, so they tried to grab some from the wise ones. They replied ‘‘We don’t have enough for all of us... buy some for yourselves’ (v9). So the foolish bridesmaids had to trot off for oil. But while they were gone, the wedding got underway and the door was locked and bolted.
Here’s four lessons from the foolish bridesmaids: (1) It’s wrong to depend on others. The fact your mum and dad / church family are Christians won’t on its own make you a believer. You need to seek God for yourself. (2) It’s stoopid to be last–minute about important things. Are you putting off saying a full ‘yes’ to Jesus until you’re a bit older or you know more? (3) God’s judgment is final. ‘..the door was shut… “Open the door for us!” But He replied, “I tell you the truth, I don’t know you.”’ (Matthew 25:10–12 NIV) (4) Morality alone won’t get you into Heaven. ‘God saved you by His grace when you believed. And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God.’ (Ephesians 2:8 NLT) Being generally nice unfortunately doesn’t make up for the wrong we’ve done; Jesus does. Are you fully trusting in God, or is your oil half–empty?... Meaning: are you not fully committed? Are you like someone trying to walk around with your feet pointing in different directions? See how easy it is (not!) and ask yourself, ‘Do I need to sort out my relationship with God?
SoulFood: Acts 10-11, Mt 28:11-20, Ps 103:1-12, Prov 10:27-29
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