Matthew – God’s Purposes
My grandparents and parents were people who could open the fridge and cabinets and pull together a meal fit for a king on short notice. They always had extra food in the freezer and enough supplies to make a meal to feed drop in guests and family. If we brought along a friend or two, no problem, there will be plenty. That is how I grew up. Always be ready.
Grandma Lacquement’s God-given gift of hospitality caused her to actually look for people at our growing church who were new and invite them, along with the family, to Sunday dinner of fried chicken with the works. This is how I grew up. Always be ready.
This parable of Jesus Christ was completely understandable to our grandparents and parents. Be ready for Jesus when he comes to claim his bride, the believers, but they also were ready to serve others because of their love for Christ. It was in their DNA. This same DNA has been passed down to the generations after them. Meals in our family and in the families of our children can be put together in minutes. Words of Jesus love can be told readily and shown in their actions. They are always ready.
Serving others, without thinking about getting anything in return, is loving Jesus. Being ready and watchful, expectant and joyful, obedient and faithful for His return is peace.
We don’t know when He comes, but we know He will come. That’s all the information we need to live life well.
Matthew 25, NLT
Parable of the Ten Bridesmaids
25 “Then the Kingdom of Heaven will be like ten bridesmaids who took their lamps and went to meet the bridegroom. 2 Five of them were foolish, and five were wise. 3 The five who were foolish didn’t take enough olive oil for their lamps, 4 but the other five were wise enough to take along extra oil. 5 When the bridegroom was delayed, they all became drowsy and fell asleep.
6 “At midnight they were roused by the shout, ‘Look, the bridegroom is coming! Come out and meet him!’
7 “All the bridesmaids got up and prepared their lamps. 8 Then the five foolish ones asked the others, ‘Please give us some of your oil because our lamps are going out.’
9 “But the others replied, ‘We don’t have enough for all of us. Go to a shop and buy some for yourselves.’
10 “But while they were gone to buy oil, the bridegroom came. Then those who were ready went in with him to the marriage feast, and the door was locked. 11 Later, when the other five bridesmaids returned, they stood outside, calling, ‘Lord! Lord! Open the door for us!’
12 “But he called back, ‘Believe me, I don’t know you”.
13 “So you, too, must keep watch! For you do not know the day or hour of my return.
Dear Heavenly Father,
Thank you for memories of grandparents and parents who love you greatly and are with you now. Thank you for the lessons we learned from their love of You. Thank you for teaching us and giving us similar gifts of hospitality because of our love for you and others. Thank you for always providing for our needs with enough to share. Thank you for protecting us. Thank you for loving us the way you do. I’m ready, Lord. In the meantime, we prepare and serve.
In Jesus Name, Amen