Today’s chapter shows how preparation now, and reserves for the unexpected, are important for what’s ahead…
READ MATTHEW 25 Make notes, if you’d like, of what stands out for you. Feel free to use the “Leave a Comment” box below to also write some of your thoughts.
A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
Some things in life work like keys, which unexpectedly open doors that seem to be floodlit with the warmth of happy memories. I remember the smiling faces or our youth group that were glowing back at me through the flames on the bonfire. You were camped in a valley in the Gold Coast Hinterland (Queensland Australia) and singing familiar songs by firelight. With hot chocolate flowing and toasted marshmallows in abundance, it almost seemed impossible not to sing some of the childish songs from our Sunday School days. Give Me Oil in My Lamp was one of those all-rounders that was familiar to us all. It brought out loud singing and broad smiles, which added to the fun of a really good night…
While those Sunday School songs and Youth Camps provide fun memories now, in the days before He died, Jesus was deadly seriously about the message contained in the lyrics. But what’s it all mean?
The lamp in this chapter is the state of my heart. The oil is whatever to takes to keep my heart lit up and alive, expectant and ready for what my Maker has planned – and all this before the clock strikes twelve. [v6] Up until that moment, half the population in the story that Jesus is telling, will have the time and resources to help the other half of the population get ready. When the clock runs out, no-one can turn back to help – not the one doing the inviting, nor those invited in. Now’s the time to prepare and it’s all down to the importance I’m placing on it today, and the price I’m willing to put on the oil that’s needed for the wait.
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Wondering how to connect with the God in charge of our future? The rest of this webpage uses Jesus’ own prayer to help…[a]
THE LORD’S PRAYER:
1. Praise: “Our Father in heaven, hallowed be Your Name. Your Kingdom come! Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven …”
I praise You Lord because Your right hand is majestic in power. Your right hand, Lord, shattered the enemy. [Exodus 15:6]
2. Ask: “…Give us today our daily bread…”
The World: Pray for the Central African Republic[b]
Your Country: Social Workers and Family Crisis Teams
Yourself: An eternal perspective
Your concerns for today
Lord, I celebrate Your abundant goodness and joyfully sing of Your righteousness. The Lord is good to all. He has compassion on all He has made. [Psalm 145:7,9]
3. Admit: “…Forgive us our sin as we forgive those who sin against us…”
Father God, my heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure. Who can understand it? You, Lord, search the heart and examine the mind, to reward each person according to their conduct, according to what their deeds deserve. So heal me, Lord, and I will be healed. Save me and I will be saved, for You are the One I praise. [Jeremiah 17:9-10,14]
4. Protect: “…Lead us not into temptation but delivers us from evil.”
Thank-you, Jesus, that to the one who’s victorious, You’ll give the right to sit with You on Your throne, just as You were victorious and sat down with Your Father on His throne. [Revelation 3:21]
“For Yours Lord is the Kingdom, the Power and the Glory now and forever. Amen!”
When Jesus was questioned, tested, tricked or in His hour of great need, He always spoke things that were previously written in God’s Word.[c] Following these memory verses from ten topics, will help you learn 52 verses from the bible in a year! THIS WEEK’S MEMORY VERSE: Giving God’s Good News
“Pray also for me, that whenever I speak, words may be given me so that I will fearlessly make known the mystery of the gospel…” [Ephesians 6:19]
[a] Matthew 6:5-15
[c] Matthew 4:4,6,7,10; 11:10; 21:13; and 26:24,31