We took Reagan to Spartanburg to get her first pictures with Santa this week. It is about a 40 mile drive from our house to the mall, so we brought along a dress for her to change into once we got there. However, once we got there we realized that the dress had been left on our couch back home.
We knew going back home for the dress wasn’t an option, so we hit a few stores in the mall until we found something “Christmasy” for her to wear. That situation made me think of the illustration Jesus gave in Matthew 25 about the 10 young ladies waiting on the groom. Half of them were wise and brought oil for their lamps, and the other five were foolish and brought none. When the groom came calling at midnight, the five with no oil were not able to go in the dark. Jesus concluded by saying that we need to be ready since no one knows when Jesus will return.
Are you ready for the return of Jesus? In this illustration Jesus says that it is wise to live your life ready for His return, and it is foolish if you do not.
By the way, my daughter was terrified of Santa, and she just cried the whole time. Those tears also reminded me of the emotion that the five ladies must have felt, and the way all people who are left behind will feel. Be wise, and be ready today.
Matthew 25:13—“Watch therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour when the Son of man will come.”