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Locked Out

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No one knows the hour of Christ's return. The important thing is to be ready -- and to help others to be ready, too.

Pray: 

My Bridegroom, God, may my heart burn for You and my eyes ever be opened as I wait for You.

Read: 

Matthew 25:1-13

Reflect: 

Do you feel an urgency to tell others about Jesus?

Jesus says some difficult things. None of them is more difficult to a modern, tolerant, pluralist ear than the idea that heaven is exclusive. Some people will get in, and some will not. It might feel easier to pretend that Jesus didn't say this, but in this passage, he clearly does.

This parable continues Jesus' thread about his return. He will come back, without warning, leaving those who have rejected him in a difficult position. In the story, half of the women are caught out, because the bridegroom takes a long time to arrive at the banquet and eventually arrives when they have fallen asleep (5). Their lack of preparation and commitment is costly. They end up locked out of the feast. "Truly I tell you, I don't know you," says the bridegroom (12). In context, it seems to be a metaphor for eternity. Those who are ready get in, but those who aren't do not.

Jesus' promised return has already taken much longer than his early followers expected. We are in danger of becoming "drowsy" like those ten virgins. No one knows the hour of his return. The important thing is to be ready and to help others to be ready, too.

Apply: 

There is a time to prepare and there is a time when it will be too late. Do you need to become prepared?

Pray: 

Lord, help me to take eternity seriously, and to lead others towards an eternity with You.

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