Are You Ready?

Between my husband and me, although I take longer than him to get ready to go somewhere, I usually am ready before him. He has the tendency to start getting ready 5 mins prior to the time we have to leave. Are you ready? This is a question you will find me asking my husband quite often at times like these.

Being ready and prepared – I was reminded of the Parable of the ten virgins that we read in Mathew 25: 1-13, where Jesus warns about keeping watch and being ready for his return for the day and hour is unknown.

Mathew 25:1-13At 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.

The bridegroom is Jesus and this parable mentions His return, there is some debate as to when exactly this would take place, before or at the end of tribulation. Instead, let us focus on that which is very clear for us in the word; Christ’s return and see what we can learn from this passage.

Jesus is speaking here to His disciples, not to the Pharisees or a crowd of people, implying that this parable to keep watch was most probably to the church.

Ten virgins: notice that they are initially described in a manner that does not differentiate them. The ten of them are clubbed together but Jesus knows the difference when He further says that 5 were wise and 5 were foolish.

For us: Jesus Knows the heart of the person, whatever image we may have on the outside, what lies within is what really matters.

Let’s quickly look at some of the verses that describe a fool’s characteristics in the bible

Psalm 14:1 “The fool says in his heart, “There is no God.”

Proverbs 1:7 “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, but fools despise wisdom and instruction.”

Proverbs 18:2 “Fools find no pleasure in understanding but delight in airing their own opinions.”

Proverbs 10:23 “A fool finds pleasure in wicked schemes, but a person of understanding delights in wisdom.”

When you read these verses, the description of a fool is one who says there is no God, who does no good and whose ways are corrupt among other things.

In this parable we read that the foolish five did not take any oil while the wise ones did.

Having the oil and not having the oil is what set them apart and made the difference to their end of the story.

Oil in the bible has great significance and symbolism, and as I dug into this further, I read that it often can be used as the symbol of the Holy Spirit. We read in Exodus 30:30-32, that Aaron was anointed with oil and he and his sons were set apart to serve God as His priests. God still anoints His people today, with the Holy Spirit.

We receive the Holy Spirit when we receive Jesus as our saviour. Ephesians 1:13-14 teaches us that those who believe are sealed with the promise of the Holy spirit. Yes, we receive the spirit, but the filling of the spirit is an ongoing process in a believer’s life.

While waiting for the bridegroom, all ten of them fell asleep. We do not read that only the foolish ones fell asleep and the wise ones stayed awake, alert and were working while waiting.

The emphasis was not on their works while they waited because no amount of good works can earn us our salvation.

They all were alerted to the groom’s coming at the same time, but only the five who we prepared were able to burn their lamps because of the oil they had. We go on to read that the foolish ones asked the wise ones for oil but the wise ones said that there would not be enough for all.

When Christ returns, preparedness cannot be shared or transferred. Each person is accountable for their own choices.

We cannot use anyone else as our spiritual crutch. We each have to spend time with God in prayer and in His word.

While the foolish five went to buy oil, the wise five got to join the groom in the wedding banquet and the door was shut. There comes a time when it is too late, don’t keep putting off when the Lord stirs your heart to come to Him.

Heed the voice and call of Jesus.

They come back and say “Lord, Lord, Open the door for us. But He replied, “Truly I tell you; I don’t know you.”

This ties in with what Jesus says in Mathew 7:21-23, condemning the false believers “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father who is in heaven will enter. Many will say to Me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your name, and in Your name cast out demons, and in Your name perform many miracles?’ And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness.'”

The five foolish virgins;

  • Outwardly described no different than the wise five
  • Were aware of and invited to the wedding banquet same as the other five.
  • Were waiting together and
  • Were informed of the groom’s arrival at the same time.

Their works were all outward but they were unprepared on the inside (representing the lost sinner).

We are not to be like the false believers who go to church, do outwardly good things, yet have truly never received Jesus Christ as their Lord and Saviour. And not have the Holy Spirit within, not have that oil that will enable our lamps to burn. Judas Iscariot was one of the disciples and yet we know what his true spiritual condition was. Attending church and serving at church does not automatically assure us of eternity with God.

We must heed the call and voice of Jesus, be prepared by acknowledging our sins, our need for forgiveness and our need for salvation.

We are to not only anticipate, but be prepared and ready for His coming, living our today in obedience, glorifying Him and with an eternal perspective.

Pray that He finds us with our lamps trimmed and burning, ready for Him, striving to fulfil the purpose He has commissioned us to do.

God Bless.

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  1. Well written and explained. I liked that you pointed out that there is some debate on the tribulation, but skipped over it. It shows that you don’t want to get into an argument, but would rather preach the truth instead. That’s good. 😊 I did come across one person on WordPress that would rather focus on controversy than pointing people to Jesus. God gave me that verse to warn those who cause divisions twice, and then have nothing to do with them, so I did that. But it’s sad though, because they’re on the wrong path and they can’t even see it. They’re just like the brides with no oil in their lamps. I really have it on my heart to warn both those who stir up controversy, and those who listen to those who do. It’s so sad. I want to write something because I’m really protective of people. I’m still trying to figure out the best way to write about this. I guess I need to pray more about it.

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    1. Thankyou Tina.
      With difficult or unclear things from the bible especially related to end times I don’t try to focus much on different theories or interpretations but instead focus on that which is clearly stated and understandable. This does not mean that I do not dig into and try to understand but I try not to get too caught up about it.
      And if that is something I end up talking about in my post I really think the rest of it will get overlooked by that one point and we end up missing out on learning from the rest.
      If God nudges you to write about something like that do it, yes, pray about it and God will give to the right words to get your point across.

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      1. Yeah, I’m that way too, especially about the end times stuff. Revelation is a difficult book, and it’s still something that I need to study much deeper. It’s on my to do list, definitely! There are far better things to focus on than the things that too often divide us. I guess that’s why we’re taught to avoid going there. It only confuses those who are listening. Thanks, I will definitely pray about it.

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    2. I agree, Tina. Getting into a debate, whether with an unbeliever or a believer that just likes to argue, can turn out to be a colossal waste of time. Since time is the most precious commodity we have, and since once it’s spent, it’s gone, I am trying hard to seek God’s will for me – my assignment, so to speak – each day and not get sidetracked into useless arguments by the mental bait that’s out there.

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  2. Such a great post! And I found it funny that you wrote about the same Scripture which I planned to write about on next Thursday’s Christians Read post. I love when God does little things like that, sending the same message from different sources. I feel it gets people’s attention!

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  3. Thank you for breaking down this parable so well. So much truth here! Each of us must surrender to Jesus and seek to know Him while there’s yet time! God bless!

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  4. I love how you pointed out that people must know the Lord Jesus for themselves. As my mom says, God has no grandchildren. Also going to church and participating in things at church does not save anyone. People must accept Christ into their hearts and lives. Works, including attending church do not save us even though these are good things.

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    1. A friend of mine used to say the same thing that God has no grandchildren.
      Works can give a false illusion of doing what is good and required but God is concerned with the status of your heart.
      Thankyou Dawn💙

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  5. Are you familiar with the song, ”I Wish We’d All Been Ready”? It’s not a new song. The chorus reads, ”There’s no time to change your mind. The Son has come, and you’ve been left behind.” The verses are powerful, too. Your Bible study is excellent. I read another comment above that mentioned using the same scripture in a post next week. I believe God is speaking to us to be prepared; He is coming!

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  6. Thank you for this wonderfully written article. It is rich with truth! You’ve done an excellent job of bringing the truth to light through the story of the ten virgins. Thank you again, it has really got me thinking about the return of Christ. The Holy Spirit reveled so much through this message. Blessings, Malinda

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    1. Thankyou for you kind words and am so happy that you took something from it 😊
      With the daily going ons of life we tend to push aside the though of Christ’s return. We are to always live with an eternal perspective.

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      1. Yes, so true! I loved how you began with a short story about you & your hubby too, that is really cute. My husband used to come home early from work quite often when my daughter was a young girl. I would always says that like daddy coming home early, we never know when Jesus will return, we just need to be ready. Many in my family are not ready right now, and your story has given me inspiration to write more on the return of Jesus. I write with hopes that others will be drawn to salvation, and/or come back to Christ. God bless you!

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      2. I like the analogy you use of your husband coming home early to Jesus’s return.
        So happy that you feel inspired to write about the return of Jesus.
        May your writing be used by God to reach people.
        Blessings 🤗💙

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