Be Prepared

  JULY 11

MATTHEW 6:19_Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth…

The three hundred and seventy-third of Aesop’s fables is The Grasshopper and the Ant. If you’re not familiar with it, here is a brief synopsis. The grasshopper plays around all summer long and the ant works. When winter comes, the grasshopper finds himself without shelter or food.

Jesus tells something similar in Matthew 25:1-10 (KJV), “Then shall the kingdom of heaven be likened unto ten virgins, which took their lamps, and went forth to meet the bridegroom. And five of them were wise, and five were foolish. They that were foolish took their lamps, and took no oil with them: But the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps. While the bridegroom tarried, they all slumbered and slept. And at midnight there was a cry made, Behold, the bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet him. Then all those virgins arose, and trimmed their lamps. And the foolish said unto the wise, Give us of your oil; for our lamps are gone out. But the wise answered, saying, Not so; lest there be not enough for us and you: but go ye rather to them that sell, and buy for yourselves. 10 And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came …

The purpose behind Jesus’ use of this parable is to be prepared for the end times.

Do you find it interesting Jesus says not to lay up for yourself?  Don’t miss tomorrow! 

PRAYER

God of Hope, You will teach me the truth of Your Word. In the powerful name of Jesus, Amen.

Christ wants me to understand His truth—I will learn!