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Who Is A Wise Person? One Who Is Prepared

"Who is wise and understanding among you?" (Jas.3:13). "At that time the kingdom of heaven will be like ten virgins who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom. Five of them were foolish and five were wise. The foolish ones took their lamps but did not take any oil with them. The wise, however, took oil in jars with their lamps. The bridegroom was a long time in coming and they all became drowsy and fell asleep...." (Matt.25:1-5).

I am sure that all of you know the rest of this parable. When they woke up, they all trimmed their lamps. The foolish ones asked the wise for some of their oil, but the wise replied that there might not be enough for all of them. While they went off to buy more oil, the bridegroom came and they missed their opportunity to attend the feast... Bottom line? "Therefore keep watch, (be prepared) because you do not know the day or the hour..." (Vs. 13). As we finish this series about who is a wise person, I think this last piece of advice is predictable. The wise person is prepared, while the foolish are often not. There is a wonderful movie out there (1999) entitled " Blast From The Past." An eccentric scientist during the cold war (50s to 60s) secretly builds a fallout shelter under his home. When a fighter plane spins out of control and crashes into his house, he thinks this is the beginning of the end, so he takes his pregnant wife underground. It is a very funny movie, and you will not get a further spoiler alert from me. In the 50s and 60s, many folks, in preparation for a nuclear attack built these shelters. I apologize if that was a convoluted way to get to my message of preparation today. Wise people live in the moment, but always look to the future. The Book of Proverbs uses the ants as an example about preparation for us... "The ants are not a strong people, but they prepare their food in the summer..." (30:25). The wise person anticipates the storm and builds his house upon the rock (Matt.7:24-27). The wise person anticipates the coming of the bridegroom and fills his vessel with oil (Matt.25:1-13). Just as we do not know when Jesus will return, we do not know the day of our departure from this earth. The wise person makes preparation now rather than waiting for tomorrow which may not come. I hope we have all gained a bit of wisdom though this series about who is wise and understanding among you...We can eagerly anticipate the big reunion in heaven...

Have a great day.... Let His light shine through you.... Love mark Phil.4:11

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