Are You Ready?

Matthew 25:13
“Watch therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour in which the Son of Man is coming.”

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Chapter 25 seems to be about being ready. Jesus warns about a final day of reckoning, when the sheep will be separated from goats. To ensure that we are ready for what is coming, Jesus gives two parables. The first explains the need to be born again, the second the need to be busy about the Lord’s business.

In the first, five of the ten virgins were not prepared when the groom arrived. They may have been dressed, even excited, but they did not have oil in their lamps. Oil is used throughout Scripture as an illustration of the Holy Spirit. It seems, the main message is that these woman were not born again. It is also worth noting, that while saved, the other five were certainly neglecting their responsibilities. They slept while their friends remained ill prepared.

In the second story, we are introduced to three men, each of whom had been given varying sums of money to invest. The first two made investments, and were handsomely rewarded by the king. The third failed because of fear. It should be the desire of every Christian to use what we have been given to make investments in eternity.

Every promise given in Scripture will come to pass. One day, Jesus will fulfill His promise and return for His church. The question should not be ‘Is He coming?’ but rather ‘Are you ready?’ If you have not received Christ as Savior, do so right now. If Christ is your Savior, seek to use all He has given you to make investments in eternity.

Pastor Jim

Questions for chapter 25

  1. What did the virgins do that made them wise?
  2. According to verse 13, what application should we draw out of the story?
  3. What did the 3rd man do with the talents he was given?
  4. What did the first 2 do with theirs?
  5. How are you using your resources to further the Kingdom of Heaven?
  6. Who do the sheep represent?
  7. Who do the goats represent?
  8. How can we show the love of Jesus to strangers?

Old Testament:
Genesis 49- Blessed
Genesis 50- Meant For Good

3 thoughts on “Are You Ready?

  1. Suzie Butler January 25, 2021 / 10:56 am

    Thank you so much for your message. I’m an old Christian. I’ve been an Episcopalian all my life, until recently, I realize that religion has left me! I can’t worship there anymore because the church has no true belief in the Bible.
    I’m looking for a church. In the meantime, I’m following you. I visited your church yesterday, on line, as well as a few other ones. Your churches foundation is built upon the words of the scripture, which is inspired by God, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit.
    I live in La., so I can’t physically visit, but I will follow your message daily!

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    • pjimgallagher January 25, 2021 / 6:56 pm

      Susie, so pleased you found the site and the church. Praying that although you are not able to visit us in person you will be richly blessed by the messages.
      Jim

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      • Suzie January 25, 2021 / 11:47 pm

        I’m friends with one of your parishioners, Anne Edgerton Darling. We went to high school together and we reaquainted through our class group. She offered this means, until I can find a Bible church locally.
        Again, thank you for blessing me by your spirit filled messages!

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