What Jesus Did! 'Always Be Ready' — Matthew 25:1-13

Thursday, November 16, 2017

"At that time the kingdom of heaven will be like ten girls that went to wait for the bridegroom. They brought their lamps with them. Five of the girls were foolish. And five of the girls were wise. The five foolish girls brought their lamps, but they did not bring more oil for the lamps to burn. The wise girls brought their lamps and more oil in jars. The bridegroom was very late. All the girls became tired and began sleeping. "At midnight someone announced, 'The bridegroom is coming! Come and meet him!' "Then all the girls woke up. The girls made their lamps ready. But the foolish girls said to the wise girls, 'Give us some of your oil. The oil in our lamps is all gone.' "The wise girls answered, 'No! The oil we have might not be enough for all of us. But go to the people that sell oil and buy some for yourselves.' "So the five foolish girls went to buy oil. While they were gone, the bridegroom came. The girls that were ready went in with the bridegroom to the wedding feast. Then the door was closed and locked. "Later the other girls came. The girls said, 'Sir, sir, open the door to let us in.' "But the bridegroom answered, 'I tell you the truth. I don't know you.' "So always be ready. You don't know the day or the time {when the Son of Man will come}."
— Matthew 25:1-13 NLT
Illustration of Matthew 25:1-13 NLT — "But the bridegroom answered, 'I tell you the truth. I don't know you.' "

Key Thought

Vigilance is not something we talk about very much. But freedom does require constant vigilance, no matter how clich

Today's Prayer

O God and Father, Almighty King beyond and above time, give me a heart of expectation as I wait for the glorious return of your Son and my Savior. Forgive me for my impatience, my lack of vigilance, and especially for my times of passionless discipleship. Give me a sense of adventure, of living on the edge of time waiting for my Savior to return and the character that he desires in me so that I am ready and joyous when he does return. In the name of Jesus, the conquering Rider on the White Horse, I pray. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • 1 Thess. 5:1-11
  • Matt. 24:42, 44
  • Mark 13:35-36


About This Devotional

What Jesus Did! is a series of one-year devotional guides through each gospel, using one short scripture passage each day and following the Gospel in sequential order. Each devotional consists of a scripture passage and a reflection and a prayer which open up the day's scripture and show how it challenges you to live for Jesus.

What Jesus Did! is written by Phil Ware.

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