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Are You Ready To Meet Your Groom?

wedding-1071321_640During the month of February, many people celebrated valentine’s day. Most of them are looking forward to solidifying their relationship, and some are even contemplating marriages.

Many are not concerned about whether or not they are qualified to marry they are more interested in a fancy wedding, beautiful dress, and expensive diamond rings. These are the dreams of most young girls.

They spend most of their time focusing on the wedding and little time thinking about the marriage. They do not realize that the wedding lasts for one day, but the marriage is a lifetime. Thus, more time should be spent on premarital counseling and educating yourself about the marriage.

Before you take the step of marriage ask yourself, are you ready to meet the groom?

The born again believers in Christ are called the Church. They are also referred to as the Bride of Christ. The Groom is Jesus Christ, who died for the sins of everyone in the world and returned to heaven to make preparation for His bride. He will one day return to earth to take His bride to heaven where the marriage feast will be held.

If you are part of the Church, ask yourself this question, are you ready to meet the bridegroom?

The Bible tells the story of the ten virgins who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom (Matthew 25:1-13). Five of these virgins were wise, and they ensured that they were fully prepared with extra oil in case the bridegroom was delayed. However, the other five were foolish and did not make any preparation, so they did not bother to take additional oil.

The bridegroom was late for the wedding, and the virgins all slept. Finally, at midnight, a cry was sounded that the bridegroom had arrived. Everyone woke from their slumber and quickly began to trim their lamps.

Unfortunately, the oil in the lamps were all spent. The five wise ladies filled their lamps with their extra oil, but the other foolish girls who had no additional oil could not refill their lamps. They went to the smart girls to beg them for some of theirs. But these girls just had enough for themselves and refused to give them any.

While the foolish virgins ran out in the dark to purchase oil, the bridegroom came, and the five virgins who were equipped went with him to the marriage supper and then the door was shut.

The Parable of the Ten Virgins (section) by Phoebe Traquair, Mansfield Traquair Church, Edinburgh. Image courtesy of Wikipedia.org

The Parable of the Ten Virgins (section) by Phoebe Traquair, Mansfield Traquair Church, Edinburgh. Image courtesy of Wikipedia.org

When the other girls finally arrived at the door with their lamps they found the door closed. They cried, “Lord, Lord open unto us.”

But the bridegroom answered, “Assuredly, I say to you, I do not know you.” (Matthew 25: 11-12)

This story is a warning to the Church to always be prepared for the return of Christ. We have heard from one generation to the other that Christ is coming again, but we still cannot see His appearance. He is delayed, and many people have become tired of waiting.

When you are tired, you will fall asleep but before you do ensure your heart and spirit are prepared with extra oil. The oil represents the anointing of the Holy Spirit upon your life. olive-oil-968657_640

Your full obedience to the Holy Spirit will equip you like the five wise virgins, and you will reap a reward. But if you are disobedient to the Holy Spirit, you will be like the foolish virgins who are unprepared for the Groom.

When Christ finally arrived, He will take only the well-prepared Church to heaven to be part of the marriage supper. The door of heaven will be shut on the others who continue to walk in disobedience. They will remain for the judgment of God.

Are you prepared?

Watch, therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour in which the Son of Man is coming. (Matthew 25:13)

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