Today's devotion is based on Matthew 25:13, “Therefore, keep watch, because you do not know the day or the hour.”
In this parable, Jesus says half the young women were prepared. It is interesting to note that initially, there is nothing to distinguish between the women, even to the extent they all fall asleep. But when the bridegroom comes, there is a big distinction between the prepared and unprepared.
The wise were able to enter the banquet as they had fulfilled the requirements of their task to shine their light for the bridegroom. The foolish couldn’t fulfill their requirements and were blocked from the banquet. I’ve often thought it was not very ‘Christian’ of the girls with the oil not to share it with the others. But the journey Jesus talks about is only something we can prepare for; no one else can do it for us. We all have to discern the will of the Father for ourselves and be prepared. How prepared are you?
Please pray with me: Father, we ask you to help us prepare to meet you at the eternal banquet. Make our light shine in this time of spiritual darkness so when our time comes to cry out, ‘Lord, Lord,’ we may enter into your presence. Amen.