2018-10-09 - Preparation
In our family, during the last year, we have been involved in preparation several times: There was preparation for Tropical Storm Irma, Preparation for my father’s death, preparation for his funeral and the work on the state. Preparations for many journeys to and from NC. This week, I have begun preparing for Christmas. You didn’t misread the calendar; I have started Christmas shopping, and have finished our card list for this year!
In the same way, we Christians should always be preparing for Christ’s return.
Matthew 25:1-13 (NASB):
Then the kingdom of heaven will be comparable to ten virgins, who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom. 2 Five of them were foolish, and five were prudent. 3 For when the foolish took their lamps, they took no oil with them, 4 but the prudent took oil in flasks along with their lamps. 5 Now while the bridegroom was delaying, they all got drowsy and began to sleep. 6 But at midnight there was a shout, ‘Behold, the bridegroom! Come out to meet him.’ 7 Then all those virgins rose and trimmed their lamps. 8 The foolish said to the prudent, ‘Give us some of your oil, for our lamps are going out.’ 9 But the prudent answered, ‘No, there will not be enough for us and you too; go instead to the dealers and buy some for yourselves.’ 10 And while they were going away to make the purchase, the bridegroom came, and those who were ready went in with him to the wedding feast; and the door was shut. 11 Later the other virgins also came, saying, ‘Lord, lord, open up for us.’ 12 But he answered, ‘Truly I say to you, I do not know you.’ 13 Be on the alert then, for you do not know the day nor the hour.
How do we do that? By doing exactly what God asks us to do in Galatians 5:14
For the entire Law is fulfilled in in this one word: “'You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” (Berean Literal Bible)
Everything we do and say should be based in love, thus fulfilling the law. Some people think that laws are set up to restrict us, In reality, obeying - both God's and man's laws - is one of the best ways to flesh out a life of love and respect for others. Obedience = love. "For the Bible tells me so." ©
Janice P. Moser
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All verses are from the New American Standard Version (NASB) unless otherwise noted.
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