Yesterday I posted the Week. This Olivet Discourse is one of the LAST times the people hear from Jesus. So if it is one of the last things He says, and one of the longest…we better pay attention. Today’s reading:
- Be Ready!
- And what are you doing to help others Be Ready?
We spent a few days talking about when Jesus would return. The Jewish people were listening and asking “When will this happen?” Jesus told them over and over they would not know the time and that it wouldn’t be anytime soon so they needed to be ready! (Look around at the world, how many are ready if it is today?). So Jesus changes His dialogue to a parable so that they would understand.
Weddings during this time period were long celebrations. A young man and woman would be betrothed. The young man would establish a place to live and a way to support a family. The virgin woman would be escorted by her bridesmaids through the town, the longest route possible. The people in town would light touch lamps for her to go from house to house often times receiving a coin. The virgins would carry extra oil with them to keep the torch burning until they reach their “groom to be”. They were told to be prepared.
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!’
The bridegroom (Jesus) came at midnight. I time they were not prepared for!
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.
The parable of the Talents (or the weight of God)
Since we read “In the Beginning…” each person has been entrusted with resources of time and material goods. Everything we have comes from God and belongs to Him. We are responsible for using those resources so that they increase in value. As Christians, we have time, money, and our Bibles. (Not every Christian in this world can say they have those 3). We are accountable to the Lord for the use of His resources. And here is the best (but hardest part)…
26 “His master replied, ‘You wicked, lazy servant! So you knew that I harvest where I have not sown and gather where I have not scattered seed? 27 Well then, you should have put my money on deposit with the bankers, so that when I returned I would have received it back with interest.
So you KNOW that there are lost people? You KNOW they will go to Hell? And you do NOTHING about it? Are you investing in the last people of this world?
The Sheeps and the Goats:
(I am telling you, I am loving today’s read! These are “familiar” stories, but I am reading them “new”. And I love it)
37 “Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? 38 When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? 39 When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’
If we take His words (maybe we need to finish the New Testament, and just do a slower deeper read of just the New Testament)…If we take His words and apply them to our lives, we won’t even know we are serving Jesus continually, it will just be “what we do”. Imagine a world of “this is what we do” that we don’t even realize we are doing it.
But there is a reality here that no one likes to talk about. If we are not bearing fruit because of the Spirit, then we are not spiritually saved. We started with the 10 virgins. The message is “BE READY”. you will not get to plead your case or show off your “trophies” of good works. The Lord will know if you are a sheep or a goat. He will allow us to reside in eternity in a place that was not prepared for men, it was prepared for the devil. He doesn’t choose Hell for us, we choose “not Heaven”.
‘Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels.
Today is Monday, here is an extra read on Faith and Deeds. Click here ❤️