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Saturday, May 13, 2017

Living Ready

May 13

(Matthew 25:1-13 NIV) ""At that time the kingdom of heaven will be like ten virgins who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom. {2} Five of them were foolish and five were wise. {3} The foolish ones took their lamps but did not take any oil with them. {4} The wise, however, took oil in jars along with their lamps. {5} The bridegroom was a long time in coming, and they all became drowsy and fell asleep. {6} "At midnight the cry rang out: 'Here's the bridegroom! Come out to meet him!' {7} "Then all the virgins woke up and trimmed their lamps. {8} The foolish ones said to the wise, 'Give us some of your oil; our lamps are going out.' {9} "'No,' they replied, 'there may not be enough for both us and you. Instead, go to those who sell oil and buy some for yourselves.' {10} "But while they were on their way to buy the oil, the bridegroom arrived. The virgins who were ready went in with him to the wedding banquet. And the door was shut. {11} "Later the others also came. 'Sir! Sir!' they said. 'Open the door for us!' {12} "But he replied, 'I tell you the truth, I don't know you.' {13} "Therefore keep watch, because you do not know the day or the hour."

(Luke 12:35-38 NIV) "Be dressed ready for service and keep your lamps burning, {36} like men waiting for their master to return from a wedding banquet, so that when he comes and knocks they can immediately open the door for him. {37} It will be good for those servants whose master finds them watching when he comes. I tell you the truth, he will dress himself to serve, will have them recline at the table and will come and wait on them. {38} It will be good for those servants whose master finds them ready, even if he comes in the second or third watch of the night."

Are you ready for Christ’s return to Earth? He is coming back someday, and we are either “living ready”, or we are not. There is no “maybe zone” of safety in between. What matters is today. Are you ready today? Your religious experience from years ago will not suffice. Good intentions for the future do not count. Are you in a true and vital relationship with Jesus today? And remember, “readiness” is non-transferrable. No one is "saved by association". It must be appropriated individually. The faith of our parents or spouse will not qualify us to stand forgiven in front of God. Knowing other Christians will not save us. Only truly knowing the Lord can save us. We must all surrender and make our own personal commitments. We must seek a personal salvation. We must be found among those watching, waiting, and working. We must be “living ready”. Are you? -- Friar Tuck’s Word of the Day

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