“Then the kingdom of heaven will be like ten virgins who took their lamps and went to meet the bridegroom. Five of them were foolish, and five were wise. For when the foolish took their lamps, they took no oil with them, but the wise took flasks of oil with their lamps. Matthew 25:1-4
I have just spent my day cozy in bed. A drizzle of rain outside and a hot cup of coffee has made it perfect. I have been on the internet most of the day looking at potential restaurants in and around Paris. Yes, you read correctly, Paris the one in France. I am just a couple of weeks from my first trip abroad. I will be fulfilling a dream of a lifetime. I will stroll the streets of Paris, visit patisseries, looking on the face of the Mona Lisa and gazing on the Eiffel Tower.
My traveling companion and I have been working on this trip for months. She has been researching, planning, reading reviews, and buying tickets online. We each have packing lists that list each and every conceivable thing that we might need. It has been years of dreaming and months of planning, but it is finally around the corner. We are prepared for this trip.
As I was dreaming of creme brulee and eclairs, it occurred to me how much time we spend planning our futures. We prepare for our education, building houses, birthday parties, pregnancies, retirement, and vacations. However, how many of us plan for our ultimate future? How many of us anticipate and are ready for eternity in heaven?
The Bible tells us that no one, not the angels nor Jesus, only the Father, knows the hour when Jesus will return to gather his people. In the book of Matthew, several parables encourage us to make sure that we are prepared for the coming of Christ. We should always have the kingdom and the ultimate future in mind. We only have this moment to share the gospel, show compassion, and give encouragement to all we encounter.
We do not know when our time to be called home will come, nor when Jesus returns.
Are you prepared?
Typist for Jesus