Being prepared for His return: Known by Jesus

On the outside everyone can look the same but it is what’s inside that counts.

“At that time the kingdom of heaven will be like ten virgins who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom. Five of them were foolish and five were wise. The foolish ones took their lamps but did not take any oil with them. The wise ones, however, took oil in jars along with their lamps.The bridegroom was a long time in coming, and they all became drowsy and fell asleep.“At midnight the cry rang out: ‘Here’s the bridegroom! Come out to meet him!’ “Then all the virgins woke up and trimmed their lamps. The foolish ones said to the wise, ‘Give us some of your oil; our lamps are going out.’“‘No,’ they replied, ‘there may not be enough for both us and you. Instead, go to those who sell oil and buy some for yourselves.’ “But while they were on their way to buy the oil, the bridegroom arrived. The virgins who were ready went in with him to the wedding banquet. And the door was shut.“Later the others also came. ‘Lord, Lord,’ they said, ‘open the door for us!’ “But he replied, ‘Truly I tell you, I don’t know you.’ “Therefore keep watch, because you do not know the day or the hour. (Matthew 25 v 1-13)

They were all virgins and they all had lamps and they all had one bridegroom. Everyone looked the same. But of course there was a fundamental difference. There comes a time when everything changes. What you need in the night-time is different to the day. In the day you couldn’t spot any difference. They all look prepared, ready and excited.

But why have a lamp with nothing in it? Why deceive people to think carrying a lamp means when it becomes dark you will be fine? How foolish is this? Some people don’t even have a lamp! A person can look prepared and yet nothing is further from the truth.

A person can know the Christian language, ‘Lord, Lord’ but words are just words. Does He know you? Do you give time to be known? Do you tell Him everything? Are you having an affair with Him or is this a deep relationship of commitment? It is what we do now that counts.

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