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The Kingdom of Heaven is Like… — Matthew 25:1-13

11 Aug

“Then the Kingdom of Heaven will be like ten bridesmaids who took their lamps and went to meet the bridegroom. Five of them were foolish, and five were wise. The five who were foolish didn’t take enough olive oil for their lamps, but the other five were wise enough to take along extra oil. When the bridegroom was delayed, they all became drowsy and fell asleep. “At midnight they were roused by the shout, ‘Look, the bridegroom is coming! Come out and meet him!’ “All the bridesmaids got up and prepared their lamps. Then the five foolish ones asked the others, ‘Please give us some of your oil because our lamps are going out.’ “But the others replied, ‘We don’t have enough for all of us. Go to a shop and buy some for yourselves.’ “But while they were gone to buy oil, the bridegroom came. Then those who were ready went in with him to the marriage feast, and the door was locked. Later, when the other five bridesmaids returned, they stood outside, calling, ‘Lord! Lord! Open the door for us!’ “But he called back, ‘Believe me, I don’t know you!’ “So you, too, must keep watch! For you do not know the day or hour of my return.”

Matthew 25:1-13

Dear God, I am tired of waiting for your return. I’ll be honest. I try not to think much about it. So what does that mean? Who does that make me in this story? Am I a bridesmaid who fell asleep with extra oil, or am I a bridesmaid who fell asleep with no oil?

I think it’s safe to say that I’m in good company if I’m asleep. But even if I’m asleep, am I ready for your return? Am I doing what I need to do?

I read a social media post yesterday from a pastor I respect, but it was all about political parties and how one should be favored over the other because it encourages hard work. I couldn’t help but think about the scripture I read the day before about the parable of the workers who were hired at different times during the day. Then I thought that, to some extent, it’s apples and oranges to compare them, but I finally wondered, “What would Jesus say to that post? If he were here right now, what would he say about it?” Then my mind started to wander into thinking about what Jesus would have to say to me about any number of things I do or say throughout the day. No, I would say that I’ve definitely gone to sleep, and I am glad I don’t have to face Jesus in person on a moment-to-moment basis. I’m not sure I could hold up.

Father, I hope I’ve brought enough oil to get me through the night. I hope that even if I’m asleep, you’ll at least find me waiting at the door. I might not be the best worshipper, prayer, studier, listener, preacher, teacher, husband, father, son, brother, uncle, friend, boss, employee, etc., but I hope the fact that I’m trying to bring what I have to the table every day is enough. I do love you and I know that I need you. I guess that’s a start.

In Jesus’s name I pray,

Amen

 
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Posted by on August 11, 2020 in Kingdom of Heaven, Matthew

 

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