Intimately Redeeming the Time

Intimately Redeeming the Time
Matthew 25:1-11

The parable of the ten virgins has multiple applications and conceptual dynamics. The ten ladies anxiously awaited opportunity to enter into the presence of the bridegroom. Many souls in society have squandered grand opportunities because they were not fully prepared for the task or event. When one is intimately connected with another person, concept, institution, or event, they will generally treat it with the greatest level of concern. Through unrighteous stewardship, people pay for what they want and beg for what they need. In the parable foretold by Jesus, five of the women treated the event with the level of attention it deserved while the other five were lax in their preparation. Christians must always be ready for the day, redeeming the time (Ephesians 5:14-17). How often is it that actions fail to match desires and goals fail to match ambition? Redeem the time and be prepared for the episode, people are never guaranteed multiple opportunities.

Based upon the analytic parable Jesus said, “They that were foolish took their lamps, and took no oil with them: 4But the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps. 5While the bridegroom tarried, they all slumbered and slept. 6And at midnight there was a cry made, Behold, the bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet him. 7Then all those virgins arose, and trimmed their lamps. 8And the foolish said unto the wise, Give us of your oil; for our lamps are gone out. 9But 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. 10And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came; and they that were ready went in with him to the marriage: and the door was shut. 11Afterward came also the other virgins, saying, Lord, Lord, open to us” (Matthew 25:1-11).

A glaring mistake was made by the five foolish virgins that is a common phenomenon today. Not only did they fail to properly prepare, they wanted their wise sisters to put themselves in a risky situation because of their faulty prep-work. More importantly they attempted to mimic the prepared women. However, the unprepared cannot do that of the prepared; they are at separate levels, requiring different steps and procedures to generate success. As the bridegroom was late in his town arrival, the ten women went to sleep. Sleeping is a natural part of life, but is not to be engaged at the expense of procrastination and irresponsibility. The five wise virgins could afford to go to sleep because they were prepared to meet the bridegroom. They had all the oil they needed to keep their lights shining bright. Too many people are trying be what they are not, only because they have not done the necessary work to be in the proper position, yet trying to do what they see others doing. Instead of sleeping like the five wise virgins, the five foolish virgins should have been out purchasing oil, making themselves fully ready for the event. Instead they went to sleep like the prepared women, while being unprepared. Do not get caught spiritually unprepared. Redeem the time and handle what needs to be done before the return of Christ. Do not be found sleeping on the job, simply to end up missing out on the huge reward. Remember who you are and reflectively redeem the time. You are the clay In the Potter’s Hands. God has paved a way to save and comfort you today!

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