By Austin Dalton
The parable of the virgins in Matthew 25:1-13 is a good example of being ready. The wise virgins took extra oil and the foolish did not. When the bridegroom came later than expected, the foolish did not have enough oil and had to go buy some. While they were gone the bridegroom came. The wise went in with him and the door was shut. When the foolish came back they were not allowed in because they were not ready. As Christians we must be spiritually ready if we want to get to heaven and help other people get to heaven. Let’s look at a three areas where we must be ready.
We must be ready to give an answer. First Peter 3:15 tells us to be ready to answer anyone who asks why we worship or why we act the way we do. In being able to answer their question we may get them interested in learning about God’s word and help save their soul. But to be able to give an answer, we must study. Second Timothy 2:15 says that we must be diligent to rightly divide the word of truth. It is hard to find time to study nowadays because we are so busy. But if we want to be ready to answer somebody who asks a spiritual question, we must study. We can’t let work, school, sports, or anything else take up so much of our time that we don’t study. When we study we will increase our knowledge of the scriptures and our ability to teach others.
Being able to teach others is another thing we must be ready to do. In Romans 1:15, 16, Paul tells us that the gospel is God’s power to salvation. Jesus charges us in Mark 16:15 to preach the gospel to every creature. We know from Romans 1:16 that the gospel can save people, but they have to hear the word. And Romans 10:14 says, “How then shall they call on Him who they have not believed? And how shall they believe in Him of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without a preacher.” Teaching people is our responsibility as Christians.
Another thing we must be ready for is Christ’s second coming. In John 14:1-3 Christ tells us He will come back. When Christ comes back He will judge the world. Those found to be Christians will go to heaven and those found to be sinners will go to hell for eternity. Matthew 24:42-44 tells us we have no way of knowing when He is coming back. Mark 13:32 says that not even the angels in heaven know when He is coming back.
Going back to the parable of the virgins we should not be like the foolish virgins who were shut out because they were not ready. We should be like the wise virgins who were ready even though they did not know when the bridegroom was coming. To be ready, we must first become a Christian and then live a holy life before God and then we will go to heaven. If we do not do these things we will not be ready and we will go to hell.
Are you ready?
By Austin Dalton
Member of The Hebron Lane church of Christ
High School Class