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Posted: Friday 21 July, 2017 at 9:29 AM

Be watchful

By: Bertram Charles

    Scripture: Matthew 25: Verse 13 

     

    Jesus likened his second coming to that of ten virgins who went out in the night with lamps to meet the bridegroom. Five virgins were wise and five were foolish. The five virgins were wise because their souls thirsted for the living God. They applied to Christ for salvation and they received it by the Grace of God. 

    They trusted in Jesus for their daily supplies. “My God shall supply all your needs according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.” (Phil. 4: 19)  They trusted in His strength to perform every duty. “I can do everything with the help of Christ who gives me the strength I need. “ (Phil. 4: 13)  They expected their reward of eternal life in Jesus.
     
    The foolish virgins were fools because they did not put their houses in order. They did not build their trust on the salvation of Jesus Christ. Instead, they built their trust on the things of the world. They were concerned and caught up in their own self-righteousness. They had eyes to see and could not see. They had ears to hear and could not hear. They were spiritually blind and deaf and were unable to discern the times. They neglected the Word of God and even scorned and mocked the wise virgins.
     
    At the midnight hour when the cry was made: “Here comes the bridegroom”, the wise virgins awoke out of their sleep and slumber, stood on their feet, ready to meet the bridegroom. They had their lamps trimmed, filled with oil, on guard and were prepared for the coming of the Son of man. 

    On the other hand, the five foolish virgins were unprepared for the coming of the bridegroom.  They had no oil in their lamps and no one would give them any. They went out to buy oil but all their efforts were fruitless. When they returned the bridegroom had already arrived and the door was shut. 

    As result of the plight of the five foolish virgins, Jesus warned us to “Watch for you know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man cometh”.
     
    Hear also the words of Amos: “Prepare to meet your God as He comes in judgment.” 
     
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