"You cannot legislate the poor into freedom by legislating the wealthy out of freedom. What one person receives without working for, another person must work for without receiving. The government cannot give to anybody anything that the government does not first take from somebody else. When half of the people get the idea that they do not have to work because the other half is going to take care of them, and when the other half gets the idea that it does no good to work because somebody else is going to get what they work for, that my dear friend, is about the end of any nation.

You cannot multiply wealth by dividing it."

Dr. Adrian Rogers , 1931 - 2005

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Some Parables and Preparedness

Matthew 7:24-26

24Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock:

25And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock.

26And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand:

27And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it.


Matthew 25:1-13
1Then shall the kingdom of heaven be likened unto ten virgins, which took their lamps, and went forth to meet the bridegroom.

2And five of them were wise, and five were foolish.

3They that were foolish took their lamps, and took no oil with them:

4But the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps.

5While the bridegroom tarried, they all slumbered and slept.

6And at midnight there was a cry made, Behold, the bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet him.

7Then all those virgins arose, and trimmed their lamps.

8And the foolish said unto the wise, Give us of your oil; for our lamps are gone out.

9But 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.

10And 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.

11Afterward came also the other virgins, saying, Lord, Lord, open to us.

12But he answered and said, Verily I say unto you, I know you not.

13Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man cometh.


The above scriptures are parables of Christ. Do you see what they share? The wise man and the 5 virgins were prepared. The wise man built his house on a solid foundation(Jesus Christ), and when trials and troubles came his way he was prepared. The five virgins had enough lamp oil and were prepared for the bridegroom(Jesus Christ).

The foolish man was ill prepared, nor were the five virgins without enough lamp oil. They were not truly believers because they lacked critical preparedness. Are you prepared? Do you realize that the five virgins left, knew the Bridegroom...yet they did not know Christ as their Saviour.

Do you? Are you certain in times that are seemingly uncertain? Because eternity is the worry, not the stock market roller coaster, nor the current election.

Many times in the Bible we learn to wait and prepare. I believe that this is the time to prepare. Study His word, pray and fast, and then begin the cycle again. Remove the clutter that fills your day...for example television and prepare.

That is all I have to write today.
Jennifer

5 comments:

motherofmany said...

AMEN!!!!!

Rather than looking at our preparedness as faith in action, too many see it as a lack of faith. That's completely backward.

"These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world." John 16

How can you read this chapter and think we won't need to be prepared? (rhetorical question- I know I'm preaching tot he choir)

CONNIE'S THOUGHTS FROM THE HEART said...

I am so thankful that my foundation is on "THE ROCK" and it is sure and firm. I have oil in my lamp and I am waiting for the Lord to come and take me away from this world for it is not my home. connie

Penless Thoughts said...

We know the Bridegroom is coming VERY soon. You cannot know your Bible and then see the current news and headlines and see the handwriting on the wall.

The Bible warns that HE will say to many "Depart from me I never knew thee" and "When the Son of Man returns to the earth will He find faith". The knowledge of these two truths alone should be enough to keep us all alert and standing firm on the foundation of Christ with our lamps full of Oil.

Wonderful post, Jen.
Susan

~~Deby said...

EXCELLANT post Jennifer..
and great comments....makes me think of "Faith without WORKS is dead"
Loving the series on Daniel I am listening to. So timely in these days...
Deby

Humble wife said...

M-O-M, Connie, Susan, Deby, thanks for stopping by, we so need to prepare.
Jennifer