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The Parable of the Wise and Foolish Virgins

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

“And at midnight a cry was heard: ‘Behold, the bridegroom is coming;[a] go out to meet him!’ Then all those virgins arose and trimmed their lamps. And the foolish said to the wise, ‘Give us some of your oil, for our lamps are going out.’ 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[b] in which the Son of Man is coming.

In this parable we see the difference between the ones prepared to meet the bridegroom as opposed to the ones who were not.

This particular scriptural reference illustrates how we should prepare ourselves for Jesus return and clearly tells us that we should be constantly preparing as we do not know the day or hour of his return; we should prepare ourselves to become his bride and not wait or procrastinate in doing what we know we need to do. We must have and keep enough oil on hand to prevent our lamps from going out. We must stay ready!

In this reference, Christ is considered as the bridegroom of the church.

Now let’s talk to the women that have prayed and asked God to send them a spouse. Time rolls along and you seem to be always the bridesmaid and wonder when your time will come when you will become the bride. You realize that you don’t just want anyone, you only want God’s best for you and have decided to wait until he comes.

What are you doing while you are waiting? Are you preparing yourself by doing everything it takes to make you fit and ready for your mate? Are you spending time in prayer, learning how to do the things a virtuous woman should do as you prepare for your mate? Are you learning to cook and clean? No real man wants a woman who cannot prepare at least one meal nor does a real man want to walk into a filthy house?

Are you growing in all aspects of your life–spiritually, physically, financially, emotionally, etc.?  Or my sister, are you lazy–sleeping late, procrastinating about doing things, not taking care of your physical body, still stuck in 1999, and not growing?

If you sincerely desire a mate, the scripture does tell us to delight ourselves in the Lord and He will give us the desires of our heart. Guess what though? God won’t give us His best until we’ve become His best for the mate He has chosen for us.

So, my sisters, as you prepare to become the bride of Christ, which is what we should be doing daily: if you truly desire a mate, His best in human form, you should be PREPARING for him.

Your day will come…and you will no longer be the bridesmaid: YOU will be the bride! Get ready, get ready, get ready! And don’t you dare settle for less than His best just because you want a mate. Wait for His best!

There’s this writing that I have that is entitled “RELATIONSHIPS”. A part of it states that while God is preparing you, He is also preparing your mate, AND at the set time, when you both are ready, He will surprise you with His love in human form. Don’t you want that? Well, keep preparing yourself and wait!

Marry Jesus first by becoming totally and completely devoted to him and then…

Here comes the bride…here comes the bride…

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