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Watchfulness: a prerequisite

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Bible Text=>Matthew 25:1-13

God was silent for 400 years. His silence doesn't mean that He won't do His will or what He has written won't come to pass. This is because He honours His word more than His name (Psalm 138:2) and none of His word will go unfulfilled (Matthew 24:35).
He is very committed to His promises (Psalm 89:34)

That Jesus' hasn't returned doesn't mean He won't come, neither was He drunk when He said so as some people presume. He hasn't come back because of His long-suffering and He wants the gospel to be preached to everybody so that there will be no excuse (Matthew 24:14)

In Matthew 24, the disciples of Jesus asked him about the signs of His Second Coming. He supplied the answer and also gave them one of the prerequisites, which He buttressed in Matthew 25.

One of the prerequisites is watchfulness.

Today, I will discuss the parable of the virgins.

The virgins were holy, as only those that are holy can meet the bridegroom. Just like the Christians today, they were given the chance to meet the bridegroom. Some were foolish because they were unprepared (this should point to us that there are fiolish Christians). The other virgins were wise because they took extra oil. Before you could take something extra, you would be watchful and thus take precaution that what you have may not be enough. They were cautious of the coming of the bridegroom and they acted.

The question is: will He meet me prepared [like the wise virgins]?

The reason why "like the wise virgins" is in square brackets is this: it's not as though the foolish ones didn't prepare, but they were not FULLY PREPARED because they were not watchful.

It's just as we have it today. We all prepare as we go to church [for spirit-lifting programmes], we fast and pray, etc. Aren't we just doing these things of the spirit so as to fulfill earthly purpose? Are we doing it as part of the preparation for Jesus' coming?

We often say "Jesus is coming soon", but do we let the the meaning of those words make us act?
The actions include:
*watchfulness: you'll be watchful of what you say, how you act, your motives and thoughts because you don't know the time He'll come. You can only do effectively this through the HOLY GHOST (the oil). NEVER GO WITHOUT HIM LIKE THE FOOLISH VIRGINS.
*evangelism: we have many souls out there but the time is short. You'll use the cautiousness of Jesus coming to reach them.
*spiritual things eg, prayer and fasting: remember, the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, we need this so as to end well.

For this write-up to be meaningful, please examine yourself, why do you do spiritual things?

Our affection should be on things above, not on earth (Colossians 3:2). We should do spiritual things so that we'll be counted worthy, then, all other things will be added unto us (Matthew 6:33).

Do not prepare like the foolish virgins. Be watchful by fellowshipping with the spirit always. Pray for the grace to be watchful.

[To be continued]

Shalom!

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