Be Prepared To Serve God

Daily God Walk for Sunday, November 28, 2010

 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, 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. “Sir! Sir!” they said, “Open the door for us.”

But he replied, “I tell you the truth, I don’t know you.”

Therefore keep watch, because you do not know the day or the hour.                                  – Matthew 25:1-13

Jesus often used parables to demonstrate a truth and in chapter 25 of Matthew he gives three parables about serving. This parable about the ten virgins is about being prepared to serve.

I was 13 years old and at the time I was sleeping in a small trailer beside the very small house where my parents slept. I woke up in the middle of the night and began to pray. I felt the urge to preach so, laying in my bed, I preached my first sermon. It was a message on the ten virgins; five were wise and five were foolish.

My preaching woke my mother and father and my father said, “What is that boy doing, has he gone crazy?” My mother listened carefully and said, “No, he’s not crazy, he’s preaching.”

I was getting prepared for the life God had planned for me.

Principle: God only uses those prepared to serve.

Affirmation: By God’s grace I am ready to serve his kingdom.

Prayer: Lord, help me to always be ready to serve you. Amen.

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