And if it seem evil unto you to serve the LORD, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD. — Joshua 24:15
In Matthew 25:1-1-13, we learn the parable of the 10 virgins. You may remember it. Five of them were ready and the other five was not. I want to ask you a question.
Are you ready?
The maintenance supervisor and fire inspector came out to check the fire extinguisher in my apartment. Before they entered my home there was a loud knocking on the door. They gave no forewarning, no advance notice (besides the note on the door that must have been placed there after hours that stated they would have entered the apartment whether if someone was home or not). I state this so you can see there was no time to prepare or fix up anything when I received that notice upon opening the door after 10am.
If Jesus was to knock at your day as you read this message, would you be ready?
Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me. — Revelation 3:20
I’m not talking about
“Cleanliness is next to godliness.”
I’m talking about would your heart and mind and soul be in the right place — the will of God?
Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. — Matthew 22:37-39
Would he enter and find you studying and meditating?
Would he enter and discover you were in the midst of praying for your enemies to receive the Holy Spirit, as well as the ones that persecute you?
Would he enter and hear you worshipping him without cymbals and tambourines and your mp3 player?
Would he enter and find you witnessing to another on the phone, bearing witness of his goodness and mercy?
Would you be ready?
Let’s look at the parable of the ten virgins:
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. Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man cometh.
Imagine knowing that the Lord is coming to your house, yet, you delay in preparing for his arrival. In other words, the Lord shows up, and you are not ready to go.
Have you ever told someone [or been the one] to get ready, you will be there in 10 minutes. But when you get to the person, they are not ready and you can’t wait for them because you have a set time to get to the destination? Well, this is what this parable is showing us.
for ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man cometh.
The good news is that Jesus is here right now. He is here with me and he is there with you. How? Because He is Spirit and not flesh. Because his spirit is what makes us a living soul.
And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul. — Genesis 2:7
God is not waiting for you to do anything elaborate or extravagant. God is simply waiting on you.
He’s waiting on you to get ready.
What bride knows she is about to be married, and would instead choose to sit there and not prepare for the marriage? (Well, now and days many because they just don’t want to be lonely anymore and some just want the glitz and the glamour.) However, when you truly want something you do all you need to do in order to not only secure it, but to maintain it.
Be thou prepared, and prepare for thyself, thou, and all thy company that are assembled unto thee, and be thou a guard unto them. — Ezekiel 38:7
We are in a season where God is calling all of his children to come out from where he had them hiding and go out to the lost sheep.
These twelve Jesus sent forth, and commanded them, saying, Go not into the way of the Gentiles, and into any city of the Samaritans enter ye not: But go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. And as ye go, preach, saying, The kingdom of heaven is at hand. Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils: freely ye have received, freely give. — Matthew 10:5-8
The wedding is set and it is time to say our vows and say, I DO!
You have been waiting for this moment for quite some time. No more singleness, it’s all about oneness — oneness with Christ: Jesus Christ, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
No more shame. No more guilt. No more lies. No more excuses.
Will you be there?
The choice is yours and the time is now.
Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand!
Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. — John 14:6
And the Lord said unto Moses, Wherefore criest thou unto me? speak unto the children of Israel, that they go forward: But lift thou up thy rod, and stretch out thine hand over the sea, and divide it: and the children of Israel shall go on dry ground through the midst of the sea. — Exodus 14:15-16
Be encouraged. Be inspired. Be who God created you to be.
Apostle Bella Grace