Daily Devotions – Faithful Until the End


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Matthew 25:1-13 (NIV)

The Parable of the Ten Virgins
25 “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 ones, 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. ‘Lord, Lord,’ they said, ‘open the door for us!’ 12 “But he replied, ‘Truly I tell you, I don’t know you.’ 13 “Therefore keep watch, because you do not know the day or the hour.


At a Jewish wedding, the groom’s father would negotiate the dowry at the home of the bride’s parents. Once the negotiations were complete the whole bridal party, with bridesmaids carrying lamps, would parade through the streets to the house of the groom’s parents where the party would really take place. Jesus urges us to persist in faith and be ready for His return at all times because our salvation, like the oil, cannot be transferred from one person to another. Is your faith in Jesus something that you are filling up regularly so that you will be ready for whatever happens in life? Or is Jesus merely a part of your life that is nice, but not central?


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