Lk.21:34-36 – Be careful that you never allow your hearts to grow cold. Remain passionate and free from anxiety and the worries of this life. Then you will not be caught off guard by what happens. Don’t let me come and find you drunk or careless in living like everyone else. For that day will come as a shocking surprise to all, like a downpour that drenches everyone, catching many unaware and un-prepared. Keep a constant watch over your soul, and pray for the courage and grace to prevail over these things that are destined to occur and that you will stand before the presence of the Son of Man with a clear conscience.
I have been reading Matthew, Mark, and Luke in preparing for my gospels class. The last several days I have been focusing on the chapters in these gospels that include the prophecies Jesus made about the last days. His whole point was not to give specifics on the events and how these events unfold before His return but to caution us to be prepared. In Matthew 25 Jesus gave three parables that focused specifically on checking ourselves to see that we are prepared.
The first parable was the parable of the ten virgins. The story describes five wise and five foolish virgins at the appearance of the bridegroom for His marriage. The wise virgins had oil in their lamps and the foolish had none. The oil is a picture of being filled with the Holy Spirit. The lesson of the first parable? We must walk intimately with the Lord and stay filled with the Spirit.
The second parable is the parable of the talents. A man went on a journey and left his workers with talents; One with five, one with two, and one with one. A talent was worth about $800,000. The story is about fruitfulness and being faithful with the resources the Lord leaves us with. Of course the lesson is that we will be evaluated of our stewardship with the Lord’s resources at His return.
The third story was about how we treated the hurting and the oppressed. This is the famous quote from the parable, ‘For I was hungry, and you gave Me something to eat; I was thirsty, and you gave Me something to drink; I was a stranger, and you invited Me in; naked, and you clothed Me; I was sick, and you visited Me; I was in prison, and you came to Me.’
In this story the Lord teaches that we will also be judged by the way we treat the poor and the oppressed.
Jesus is coming like a thief in the night, keep those lamps trimmed and burning.