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26 January 2010

Silly Virgins

God's kingdom is like ten young virgins who took oil lamps and went out to greet the bridegroom. Five were silly and five were smart. The silly virgins took lamps, but no extra oil. The smart virgins took jars of oil to feed their lamps. The bridegroom didn't show up when they expected him, and they all fell asleep.

In the middle of the night someone yelled out, 'He's here! The bridegroom's here! Go out and greet him!' "The ten virgins got up and got their lamps ready. The silly virgins said to the smart ones, 'Our lamps are going out; lend us some of your oil. 'They answered, 'There might not be enough to go around; go buy your own.'They did, but while they were out buying oil, the bridegroom arrived. When everyone who was there to greet him had gone into the wedding feast, the door was locked.

Much later, the other virgins, the silly ones, showed up and knocked on the door, saying, 'Master, we're here. Let us in.'He answered, 'Do I know you? I don't think I know you. 'So stay alert. You have no idea when he might arrive.

Jesus in Matthew 25: 1-13 (The Message)

I DO NOT want to be a silly virgin. In fact, it's likely worth considering the next time you think, rationalize, ponder and judge your way though worship instead of actively engaging. God's never dishonored those who eagerly want Him more than anything (regardless of the appearance of silliness) . He doesn't find it silly at all actually. He reserves that label for us in our halfheartedness.

You just never know when He'll show up. Wouldn't want to be sitting cross-armed and pouting when your God comes looking for someone who simply has their arms open to receive Him.


Paul Wilkinson said...

I don't know you well enough to comment any further beyond saying, "I don't want to be a silly virgin" is probably the blog sentence of the week! But I knew what you meant.

Dave Carrol said...

Thank you... thank you.
As I always say... not much worse than being a silly virgin.

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