Wednesday Word 11.11.2020

Matthew 25:1-13

New International Version

25 “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. 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. 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.”

Unlike the bridegroom in this parable, we know that Jesus knows the heart in each one of us. But when that moment comes when we are at the door, do we want him to say we are like a stranger to him, that we squandered the chance to know him better? Do we want him to recall all those times we could have chosen him, but didn’t? Do we want him to point out all the times we could have acted in his name, but didn’t? Or do we want him to say that he knows we tried our best to follow him? That we tried to learn his teachings and put them into practice? Head to the marketplace right now for more oil. You need to fill your lamp…something to pray about.

Your sister in Christ, Vicki

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