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Waking Up to What’s Going On

As we read today’s headlines and see all that unfolding in the Middle East, and other places, we need to wake up, realize what is happening especially in light of biblical prophecy. We need to be aware as God let’s us know what’s going to happen before it happens.

How we need to respond to these times brings to mind the parable of the ten virgins in Matthew. 25:1–13.

First, Jesus introduces five wise virgins. A spirit of expectancy marked these women. They were constantly watching and waiting for the coming bridegroom.

They also were prepared. They had oil in their lamps and their vessels (base-like plates or reservoirs) so their lamps would keep burning as long as it was necessary. Oil in the New Testament represents the Holy Spirit. These five wise virgins are like those filled with the Holy Spirit.

There were also informed. They knew they had to have their own oil. Nobody could get it for them—they could not rely on anything or anyone else but God.

Because they lived expectantly, waited patiently, worked to prepare, and sought the fullness of the Holy Spirit, the virgins were asked into the wedding when the bridegroom came

The foolish virgins, on the other hand, were not prepared. They were not informed. They didn’t realize they could not ride other people’s coattails. They didn’t know the truth from the Word, so they wasted time and energy on foolish things instead of asking and receiving what God had for them.

The bridegroom told the foolish virgins, “I never knew you.” They could be compared to “almost Christians.” They were in the number but not active in the body. In the end, they were left out. The Bible says, “And the door was shut” Matthew 25:12).

Jesus ends this parable by saying, “Therefore keep watch, because you never know the day or the hour” (Matthew 25:13).

We need to be like the five wise virgins by watching and being ready. We can’t have out head in the sand or simply wait and rely on others. We need to make a choice to know what’s happening and be ready.

How do we do that?

We possess a kingdom heart. We see what we do, what we have and the opportunities God places before us through a heart that is totally focused on His kingdom, heaven. We see eternally, not just locally. Our hearts are open and ready to be used for kingdom purposes.

We read the Word. We’ve been looking at current events through the lens of biblical prophecy (Ezekiel 38). We all need get a firm grasp of what God’s Word is telling us. We need to read it with our eyes, and hearts, wide open. We can’t stubbornly refuse to be prepared and fall into the same trap of the foolish virgins. We need to be informed and prepared by God’s Word.

We live expectantly.  When we live expectantly, we are living with hope. We are looking upward with confidence that God is in control of all things. When we live expectantly, we are like the five wise virgins who were waiting patiently and fervently for the Bridegroom.

Are you awake? Are you looking at today’s headlines with a kingdom heart and through the lens of what God said in His Word? Are you expectant? Are you spiritually prepared for the days ahead?

Steve Berger is Senior Pastor of Grace Chapel in Leipers Fork, TN. His latest book is titled Between Heaven and Earth and is available in print and electronic formats from all major booksellers.

 

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