“Then shall the kingdom of heaven be likened unto ten virgins, which took their lamps, and went forth to meet the bridegroom. And five of them were wise, and five were foolish. They that were foolish took their lamps, and took no oil with them: But the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps. While the bridegroom tarried, they all slumbered and slept. And at midnight there was a cry made, Behold, the bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet him. Then all those virgins arose, and trimmed their lamps. And the foolish said unto the wise, Give us of your oil; for our lamps are gone out. But the wise answered, saying, Not so; lest there be not enough for us and you: but go ye rather to them that sell, and buy for yourselves. And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came; and they that were ready went in with him to the marriage: and the door was shut. Afterward came also the other virgins, saying, Lord, Lord, open to us. But he answered and said, Verily I say unto you, I know you not (Matt. 25:1-12).”
If we “stay” ready, we won’t have to “get” ready! We must keep our lamps trimmed and with oil–kind of like an emergency preparedness program. We won’t have time to go scrambling around trying to get it together when He appears or comes personally for us. And those that are ready (the wise) are not going to “miss” Christ for those that are not (the foolish). They may suggest an alternative, as did the 5 wise virgins, but they are not going to miss His appearing… period. When the door is shut, it is shut. We can cry, Lord, Lord, but sadly, He will say, I don’t know you. Don’t miss it! Accept Him as Savior and Lord and don’t turn back; but live as though His appearing could be at any moment. We have an opportunity to have a relationship with the living God through Christ Jesus.
We should not delay making the best decision of our lives! “The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance (II Pet. 3:9).”
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