“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. Later the others also came. ‘Lord! Lord!’ they said. ‘Open the door for us!’ But he replied, ‘I tell you the truth, I don’t know you.’ Therefore keep watch, because you do not know the day or the hour.”
Inside or Outside
Jesus’ parable of the ten virgins illustrates two different ways to approach the day Jesus returns to judge the world. One is to be prepared as the five wise virgins were. The other is to remain unprepared as the five foolish virgins. While both groups went about their daily affairs, the wise virgins made sure they were prepared no matter how long the wait was. The five foolish always thought they had more time to prepare.
The lesson is clear. I want to model my life after that of the five wise virgins. Mainly, this means giving attention to God’s Word. As I do, I will be reminded again and again that because of what Jesus did to save me from my sins, I can one day enter the “wedding banquet” of heaven. And, knowing this, I will want to live a life pleasing to him. And, rather than being distracted by the things of this world, I will keep one eye on the sky, looking eagerly for Jesus’ return.
When will this be? Only God knows. But we do know this: It could be today. So, live this day as if Jesus will appear on the clouds at any time. After all…he just may.
Gracious Savior, I know you are coming again in glory. Give me the strength of faith to prepare myself for that glorious day. Amen!
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