Today's devotion for today is based on Matthew 25:10, "The bridegroom came, and those who were ready went with him into the wedding banquet, and the door was shut."
Even though I am confident that I have been redeemed and given new life in Christ, lines such as this still disturb me. It forces me to ask myself: am Will my Lord let me into the marriage feast? Might it be that my Lord says to me, 'I do not know you'? That isn't very comforting.
In this parable, Christ is talking to the church, his bride, those who are baptized believers. It is a warning to prepare well but also an encouragement to take seriously being ready for heaven. So, how do we remain ready?
For us, being ready means as we receive God's word, we are given all the spiritual resources we need while we wait; wisdom, encouragement, and confidence. These spiritual resources keep us ready and sustain us.
Please pray with me the prayer for today: Heavenly Father, gracious God, creator of all things seen and unseen, thank you for preparing our way to heaven through Christ's life, death, and resurrection. Strengthen us, your church, by the Holy Spirit, teach us your ways and receive your gifts so that we remain confident on the path that leads to your In Jesus' holy name, I pray. Amen.