Day 25: Beliver’s Spiritual Readiness
Read Matthew 25
When Jesus Christ returns, it will be a time of separation: the wise will be separated from the foolish, the faithful servants from the unfaithful, the blessed (sheep) from the cursed (goats). The wise virgins had oil and were prepared to meet the Bridegroom. Many people profess to be Christians but do not have the Holy Spirit (Rom. 8:9) and are not born again. They may mingle with the saved, but they are not really one of them; and they will not enter into the marriage feast.
His coming also means evaluation. As we wait for the Lord to return, we must invest our lives and earn dividends for His glory. Christ gives us opportunities that match our abilities, and the one-talent servant is just as important as the five-talent servant. The key is faithfulness (1 Cor. 4:2), for God measures us against ourselves and not against the other servants. Are you afraid to step out by faith and take some risks for God?
When Christ returns, it will be a time of commendation. We will be surprised to learn about ministries we performed that we thought were insignificant but that He will reward. This parable is not teaching salvation by good works. Christ’s sheep know that they are sheep (John 10:14; John 10:27-30), but they do not always realize what their service means to Christ. We will experience some surprises in that day!
1. Pray that you will be spiritually ready at all times.
2. Pray against any form of laziness. Pray for the grace and strength to faithfully use the talents given to you by God.
3. Pray that the Lord will help you to invest in things that will yield eternal dividends.
“Great services reveal our possibilities; small services our consecration.” – George Morrison