Monday, April 10th, 2017
Self-Examination (Part 20)
Then the kingdom of heaven will be comparable to ten virgins, who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom. Five of them were foolish, and five were prudent. For when the foolish took their lamps, they took no oil with them, but the prudent took oil in flasks along with their lamps. Now while the bridegroom was delaying, they all got drowsy and began to sleep. But at midnight there was a shout, 'Behold, the bridegroom! Come out to meet him.' Then all those virgins rose and trimmed their lamps. The foolish said to the prudent, 'Give us some of your oil, for our lamps are going out.'
Matthew 25:1-8 (NASB)*
My son, if sinners entice you, do not consent.
Proverbs 1:10 (NASB)
With her enticing speech she caused him to yield,
With her flattering lips she seduced him.
Immediately he went after her, as an ox goes to the slaughter...
He did not know it would cost his life.
Proverbs 7:21-23 (NKJV)
If we must become like little children to gain entry to the kingdom of God, little children have gullible ears. They're faithful, simple and unaffected. They believe what they've been told, which is great. But disciples must grow in discernment - through experience in following Him.
We can't be like the unprepared virgins: knowing their Bridegroom would be coming soon, yet living in clueless simplicity. When they were called to their wedding supper, not only were they unprepared to go, they tried to solicit their kin's supplies.
We can't be like the gullible young man: chasing his lusty imaginations, thinking his sin small and undetected. When he was propositioned by a flirt, not comprehending the repercussions, this agreement would deny his own life.
Actors, models and talent for Christ: Naivety is lovely in kids, and their parents know to protect them. But small saints are destined for big roles as soldiers in the army of God... behind a Captain eager to lead.
He gives wisdom, knowledge and guidance, by Word, Example and His Spirit, Who will expose sly solicitors...
Such as media merchandizers, who are open in their seductions and somewhat easier to avoid. Sadly, pastoral merchandizers are sneakier in their seductions and harder for little lambs to spot. So examine your maturity and cover your ears with discernment.
To Be Continued...
* The Parable of Ten Virgins (in its entirety): https://biblia.com/bible/nasb95/Matt%2025.1%E2%80%9312
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Self-Examination series.