Ready or not... by Duane Bemis

Ready or not...
Duane Bemis
Matthew 25:1-2

I awoke one morning to my usual routine. I dispensed my cold cereal into my bowl, poured the milk over it, filled a tall glass of real 100% orange juice and I sat down to have breakfast with Christ. For over twenty years, this is my morning activity that I so do enjoy. This is a real breakfast of champions. It is at this table and at this time that much is accomplished. It is here at my table, with my Christ, that I receive my marching orders for the day.

Some of you readers might wonder why my walk is so different from other men; well this is why I love to spend quality time with the King of Glory every morning. This morning was no different. However, what you are about to read is how the Lord Jesus Christ unraveled this parable for my heart and for my generation.

Come with me on this spiritual journey through His anointed word. I love to sit at the feet of Jesus and to listen to Him. Come with me and let us lay our concerns down for the moment to concentrate on His words of life. Let us pray: "Father of the only begotten Son, open our ears to gain Your understanding. Open our ears and pull out the wax which hinders us from hearing clearly. Come Lord Jesus and show us the way or what is important to You. For You alone are Holy and You alone are worthy. Amen and amen."

Open if you will to the book of Matthew.

"Then the kingdom of heaven shall be likened to ten virgins who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom. Now five of them were wise, and five were foolish." (Matthew 25:1-2) NKJ

Did you notice that Jesus is the one talking? If we are going to look deeper into this text we must know that these are the words of Jesus are faithful and true! He can only speak truth. This parable is explaining to us what His Spiritual Kingdom is like. Could it be that He is saying that half the church is foolish and the other half is wise? I want you to understand that Jesus only gives u ...

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