Monday, January 5, 2009
It's time to wake up!
Jesus gave a parable concerning the Kingdom of Heaven in Matthew 25, where he compared it to 10 virgins waiting for their bridegroom to come and get them. Five were wise and had oil, whereas the other 5 were foolish and had no oil. We know that oil is often used as a picture of the Holy Spirit. Therefore, we could say that 5 were genuinely saved, whereas the other 5 had the outward appearance but nothing on the inside. The saddest part of all of this however might be found in Matthew 25:5, which says, "While the bridegroom tarried, they all slumbered and slept."
All of them fell asleep! Not just the 5 foolish, but all of them, even the wise. Now, couldn't we agree that the 5 wise today (the true church and believers) are asleep and oblivious to the fact that Jesus is coming! How do we know this? The Southern Baptist Convention, of which I am a part, recorded the lowest number of baptisms last year since the 1980's. At a time when evangelism ought to be our #1 priority, it is our least priority. We are more consumed with political posturing and debating over the sovereignty of God with Hyper-Calvinists to go out and witness, even though that's what we say we believe in. If the Gospel is a whosoever will let him come Gospel, AND IT IS!!! Then let's share it! Let's wake up, for our time is short. Christ is coming, and we want to take others with us. Let us work His works until He comes! God Bless you!