Lesson 1: Taking time for granted
God has been dealing with me about being consistent in my writing. He let me know that it is my calling to write, though I treat it like a hobby that I do in my free time (which is usually never). But God reminded me that I do what I want to do and make time for what I want to make time for. Ouch! Time to rethink this thing or better yet, time to do this thing right.
This reminds me of the scripture from Matthew 25 about the ten virgins. It goes like this…
The Parable of the Ten Virgins
25 “Then the kingdom of heaven will be like ten virgins who took their lamps[a] and went to meet the bridegroom.[b] 2 Five of them were foolish, and five were wise. 3 For when the foolish took their lamps, they took no oil with them, 4 but the wise took flasks of oil with their lamps. 5 As the bridegroom was delayed, they all became drowsy and slept. 6 But at midnight there was a cry, ‘Here is the bridegroom! Come out to meet him.’ 7 Then all those virgins rose and trimmed their lamps. 8 And the foolish said to the wise, ‘Give us some of your oil, for our lamps are going out.’ 9 But the wise answered, saying, ‘Since there will not be enough for us and for you, go rather to the dealers and buy for yourselves.’ 10 And while they were going to buy, the bridegroom came, and those who were ready went in with him to the marriage feast, and the door was shut. 11 Afterward the other virgins came also, saying, ‘Lord, lord, open to us.’ 12 But he answered, ‘Truly, I say to you, I do not know you.’ 13 Watch therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour.
Overview: This story is about the heart of believers and how we are all equipped with the same amount of faith. Some choose the do big things while other just get by, but ultimately we make time for what we want to make time for. The wise are always prepared and ready while the foolish are letting life happen as they go. When the bridegroom comes (representing Jesus) we see that there is no longer time to prepare. Those who were ready went with him to the marriage feast while the others tried to redeem the time. His response to them was “I do not know you.”
I did not know initially what God wanted me to see in this so I had to pray and ask for spiritual wisdom and insight. Over the next 11 days I will explore what heart issues are exposed and how I have to be intentional with my time because while he may delay, he is surely coming and he wants a return on what he invested in me.