Have you noticed the Bible is a prophecy? In that thought, notice how Jesus is constantly warning us to be ready for His return and how to be ready. He warns us over and over that we are about to be rejected by Him as we have rejected Him. How have we rejected Him, by being pretenders. What do I mean by that? I mean that as we are not on fire for Him, when He is not our vital necessity, we will make our own rules and in doing so, we are merely pretending. Just as a child plays and pretends that is really what we are doing when we live by our own opinion, our own rules —without Him.
If we’re not preparing the way for Him, then we’re not ushering in His presence as we are called to do. If we’re not doing one thing, the thing we’re called to then we’re doing another. That other thing we’re doing then is making our home here, getting comfortable here as if we are to be here forever —as if there is nothing after this life.
God is jealous —in that we are excited for our own plans, our things we have going on, more than we are for Him. He said, we are dull in hearing and have fallen asleep, really not expecting Him to come at any moment.
Just as the five virgins we are foolish in letting their lamps run dry. We have fallen asleep and in doing so we may miss the King! But He wants to give us and has given us fair warning.
Matthew 25 Then the kingdom of heaven shall be likened to ten virgins who took their lamps and went to meet the bridegroom. 2 Five of them were foolish (thoughtless, without forethought) and five were wise (sensible, intelligent, and prudent). 3 For when the foolish took their lamps, they did not take any [extra] oil with them; 4 But the wise took flasks of oil along with them [also] with their lamps.5 While the bridegroom lingered and was slow in coming, they all began nodding their heads, and they fell asleep. 6 But at midnight there was a shout, Behold, the bridegroom! Go out to meet him!7 Then all those virgins got up and put their own lamps in order.8 And the foolish said to the wise, Give us some of your oil, for our lamps are going out. 9 But the wise replied, There will not be enough for us and for you; go instead to the dealers and buy for yourselves. 10 But while they were going away to buy, the bridegroom came, and those who were prepared went in with him to the marriage feast; and the door was shut. 11 Later the other virgins also came and said, Lord, Lord, open [the door] to us! 12 But He replied, I solemnly declare to you, I do not know you [I am not acquainted with you]. 13 Watch therefore [give strict attention and be cautious and active], for you know neither the day nor the hour when the Son of Man will come. AMPC
We’re dull in hearing because we believe Jesus will tarry. Jesus is coming but still He hasn’t come so as then our sleepy state has caused us to be complacent and not prepared for the Bridegroom just as the five virgins.
Have we thought of when we leave here (which could happen at any moment) we will nevertheless stand before Him? Yes even if you leave before He comes, you will still be held accountable for your life here.
When we leave here we will stand before Him and if we’re unprepared for the Bridegroom, He will close the door on us.
How are we to prepare for His return? We need to be the light we committed to when we were born again. We need keep our promise to Him when we accepted the invite into His Kingdom.
Are we a light, are we doing the greater work, are we doing all He said we would do for Him if we believe? Are we taking heed His commands or are we submissive to the enemy instead?
Do we know our special assignment, the very thing He gifted us to do for Him. When you do what God created you to do you not only make yourself right with Him, but you won’t have to work for a living. As you participate in His will, you will have your needs provided by His way of doing. Yes, that is exactly right you weren’t meant to work for a living but to do your talent for Him in His Kingdom and as you give what He has asked you to give, that action will be your provision (Luke 6:38, Proverbs 18:16). The greater work is to work for Him, doing His work, which makes us right with Him.
Being committed to the greater work is the bottom line really to our adulthood as Christians, us living our lives committed to His mission of love. When we live our lives in regards to His will, then we will be preparing the way for Him, then when He comes it won’t be like a thief in the night because we will be ready.
I hope you will take this message seriously. God keeps beckoning me to tell you, He is coming and He wants us to be right with Him. He said He has given us fair warning, enough time change kingdoms and be committed to Him —His Kingdom, and throw aside the things of this world —that kingdom.
If you are not sure where to go from here, from where you are now? Keep on seeking, keep on knocking until you hear Him, until you know without a doubt how you are to start preparing the way for Him. Ask Him your part, forget about things, get on your knees the time is near.
Matthew 7:7 Keep on asking and it will be given you; keep on seeking and you will find; keep on knocking [reverently] and [the door] will be opened to you. 8 For everyone who keeps on asking receives; and he who keeps on seeking finds; and to him who keeps on knocking, [the door] will be opened. AMPC