Monday, January 21st, 2013
The Question Of Salvation (Part 10)
'Bind him hand and foot, and throw him into the outer darkness; in that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.' For many are called, but few are chosen.
Matthew 22:13-14 (NAS)
Later the other virgins also came, saying, 'Lord, lord, open up for us.' But he answered, 'Truly I say to you, I do not know you.'
Matthew 25:11-12 (NAS)
Throw out the worthless slave into the outer darkness; in that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
Matthew 25:30 (NAS)
He will put the sheep on His right, and the goats on the left... These will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.
Matthew 25:33,46 (NAS)
Among the final parables of Jesus are four show-stoppers. All performers want to meet a big director. But no performer wants to meet him unprepared. The opportunity of a lifetime could be lost.
Consider meeting the Ultimate Director, because every person on earth will stand before Him. But what if you meet Him unprepared? Like without the right clothing or necessary supplies. Maybe without any talent... or you never joined the union.
In The Parable of the Wedding Feast, the king meets one guest who is dressed improperly. Only Jesus can cover us in a 'Robe of righteousness' (Isaiah 61:10). Without Him, no costume, cleanup or makeup can mask our 'Filthy rags' (Isaiah 64:6).
In The Parable of the Ten Virgins, five foolish virgins were not prepared to go the distance. Jesus says, 'The one who endures to the end, he will be saved' (Mark 13:13). When carrying the fire of God's Holy Spirit, the flame must be fed and fanned.
In The Parable of the Talents, God makes it clear: He expects us to develop and multiply the talents He entrusts to us. Otherwise, He considers us faithless and lazy. 'Without faith it is impossible to please Him' (Hebrews 11:6).
The Parable of the Sheep and Goats reveals the absolute necessity of membership in the Great Shepherd's flock. We must surrender both our independence and our will for this union. 'My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me' (John 10:27).
Stupid, half-hearted, lazy or stubborn acts are show stoppers. And this show is called the Kingdom of God. But in truth, God's show never stops. What stops is the stage right entrance of unprepared performers. They can't even get in the door.*
To Be Continued...
*The four parables in order of today's key Scriptures are: 1) The Parable of the Wedding Feast (Matthew 22:1-14), 2) The Parable of the Ten Virgins (Matthew 25:1-13), 3) The Parable of the Talents (Matthew 25:14-30), 4) The Parable of the Sheep and Goats (Matthew 25:31-46).
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the The Question of Salvation series.