The Importance of Preparation

by Gary C. Hampton
Years ago, ten close friends of a certain man looked forward with great excitement to his wedding day. They planned to meet him on the road and go with him to help celebrate. No one knew exactly when he would pass by, so they gathered by the roadside to wait.
Half of them made preparations for a long wait by bringing extra oil to burn in their lamps. The other five brought only the oil that was in their lamps. The groom was so long in coming that they all fell asleep. When he was near, someone announced his arrival. Everyone got up and started trimming their wicks. Those with extra oil refilled their lamps, but the others’ lights were going out. While they went to get oil, the groom came and only the five who properly prepared got to go to the wedding (Matthew 25:1-13).
Jesus said these ten represented the church at the time of His coming. There will be those who watched for him, but will not be ready. To be ready when he comes, we must not only long to see him, but stay in a constant state of preparedness. The Lord said, “Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man cometh.”
Are you a friend of Christ who knows he is coming for his bride? Do you hope to go to the feast? Search the Scriptures and continue in the practice of them to be Christ’s true disciple (John 8:29-31).

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