A thought for the day

Where would we be if Jesus had said, “No one will ever understand the Gospel. All these people are too hard hearted. I can’t share my Gospel if no one will get it!” I begin to cringe at the thought of disrepair the earth and heavens would be in, if not outright destroyed for lack of a viable Christ. Such are the thoughts of those of us who become discouraged by the continual rejection and lack of response to our pleas to follow Him. Let us not lose heart, but keep our lamps burning brightly, for the darkness has nearly enveloped us. But there is yet hope that more will respond. They will respond in ways we do not expect at times we do not expect. We may not even near when these people come to these points of repentance and Salvation. That will not be our complete concern though. We were only called to preach the Gospel into the uttermost parts of the earth. True Salvation comes through Christ alone and that is His work.

“Then the kingdom of heaven shall be likened to ten virgins who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom. 2 Now five of them were wise, and five were foolish. 3 Those who were foolish took their lamps and took no oil with them, 4 but the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps. 5 But while the bridegroom was delayed, they all slumbered and slept.

6 “And at midnight a cry was heard: ‘Behold, the bridegroom is coming; go out to meet him!’ 7 Then all those virgins arose 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, ‘No, lest there should not be enough for us and you; but go rather to those who sell, and buy for yourselves.’ 10 And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came, and those who were ready went in with him to the wedding; and the door was shut.

11 “Afterward the other virgins came also, saying, ‘Lord, Lord, open to us!’ 12 But he answered and said, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, I do not know you.’

13 “Watch therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour in which the Son of Man is coming. (Mat 25:1-13)

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