What’s the difference between the wise and the foolish maidens? The wise maidens were prepared for the wedding. Contextually, first century weddings were very different from our own, but there was still a need for the groom to inform the bride of when the event was taking place. The foolish maidens had the chance to be prepared but they failed to do so.
We too are waiting… Waiting for Jesus to return. Am I like the wise or foolish maids? Am I prepared for Jesus to return? Am I going about what I am called to do so that when He returns I can fully participate in the banquet, as one who has anticipated and prepared for the celebration?
He has called me to share His good news and make disciples, so that they too can await Jesus’ return with a sense of excitement and participate in the celebration.
Do I ever turn up to a wedding unprepared? How much more important to make the necessary preparations, to make the effort, so that I’m prepared for Jesus’ return.
As beautiful and carefully organised as the wedding receptions I’ve been to are, how much more stunning and amazing will the celebration of Jesus be, when He claims His bride, the church, and takes us to be with Him for all eternity.
God, please help me grasp this truth in my heart and live out of this reality. Amen.
Written by Beth Waugh