Daily Bible Reading for Thursday, February 22nd:

How to Be Prepared For His Return

Parable of the Wise and Foolish Virgins - ca. 1616 - Hieronymus Francken (II) (1578–1623)

Parable of the Wise and Foolish Virgins – ca. 1616 – Hieronymus Francken (II) (1578–1623)

The five foolish virgins (Matthew 25:1-13) and the servant with one talent (Matthew 25:14-30) shared a common end: They were shut out.

The parables also have a common thread within them: The ones who were shut out were presumably members in good standing within their respective households.

If I could only pick one thing from each parable that would have changed everything for the foolish ones, it would be these:

  • The foolish virgins should have been prepared – Christians should be living both like Christ is returning today and like he will be waiting until tomorrow.
  • The servant with one talent didn’t act on what he knew about the master – Christians know what God expects from us, yet many do not deliver.

The combination of these lessons gives us a basic sketch of proper Christian living:

  • We are to prepare ourselves for Christ’s return at any given moment
  • We should be prepared to sustain that readiness for a lifetime
  • We will need to have prepared a proper settlement of our accounts on that day

What can you do to improve your readiness today?

About Butch Adams

In addition to writing this blog and contributing elsewhere, I have served as elder and deacon in the various places I have worshiped. In these duties, I have concentrated my attention on the area of education - both in outreach to seekers through the Internet and inside the congregations for ongoing Bible scholarship. Comments and thoughts about referenced material in the article above are Copyright 2018 by Butch Adams . Any referenced material belongs to its owners and every attempt has been made to use it according to their wishes.

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