Therefore you also be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect.
Cast the unprofitable servant into the outer darkness. There will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
In Matthew 24 and 25, Jesus provides a glimpse of the future: signs of the times and the end of this age; a frightening and sobering snapshot...
And He shares His final three Parables: the Parable of the Faithful and Unfaithful Servant (Matthew 24:43-51), the Parable of the Ten Virgins (Matthew 25:1-13), and the Parable of the Talents (Matthew 25:14-30).
These stories focus on one big subject: Preparedness! For the day we meet Him. The end of days... or the end of OUR days. In each story, a lord has gone away. But also in each, he's soon coming back.
We're shown what to do and what NOT to do... to be ready for our Own Lord's return: our personal come-to-Jesus meeting.
Parable #1) The Faithful and Unfaithful Servant. The faithful servant is diligently feeding others while his lord is away. Likewise, we're called to share The Word of God, the Bread of life, every day of our lives... through kind attention to those around us.
Parable #2) The Ten Virgins. Five brides are ready and five brides are not. Alone, we can't be light or bright enough to last in the night of our greatest need, the night when our Bridegroom calls us to Him. We must carry the Lord's Holy Spirit.
Parable #3) The Talents. As servants of God, we're given talents to multiply on earth for His glory. Soon enough, we'll meet Him and He'll expect to see a return on His investment. Actors, models and talent for Christ now use their talents to give Him that return.
By embracing these concluding lessons, we become ready. To be 'Put... in charge of all His possessions' (Matthew 24:47), to go 'In with Him to the wedding feast' (Matthew 25:10), to 'Celebrate together' with our Lord (Matthew 25:23).
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NOTE: This is a 2021 update of a 2011 Carey Lewis Devotion. You may see notes to 'Actors, Models & Talent for Christ.' If you think you're not in show business, think again. Shakespeare said, 'All the world's a stage and all its men and women merely players. Mostly true. But you're not merely players. You are messengers and ambassadors for the King of kings.
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the His Last 3 Stories series.