I am persuaded that much of what we believe we have come by wrote and not by reasoning. Let us take for instance the love of God. How do I know that God love me? Most of us if we were honest with ourselves would say “because I was told He does”. Have we examined the scriptures to verify this and experienced the joy of this divine love? The analogy does not stop there. Most of our theology comes from sources that we have not verified nor have we examined the facts for ourselves. Matthew 25 is an example of this same analogy. We see 10 virgins waiting on the Groom and when he returns 5 are ready and 5 are left. Now I have heard theologians and those who consider themselves learned in the scriptures speculate on this passage. However most will only regurgitate the last person they read or studied under. Why? we are not habitually called studied people. We give our references from an authority rather than consulting the real authority and that is the Holy Spirit. The end of the passage states….Watch! So does this mean I am never to sleep until Christ return? Of course not. However this has been explained away by those who would say that Christ is not meaning literally watching rather, expectation and attitude. Though I may agree with this the question is not answered and only those awake and watching went with Christ.
Our understanding of this passage truly eludes to maturity and understanding of believers. Jesus was talking to the Jews at the time of this discourse and they understood the idea of appointed times and seasons. the result? Christ will reveal to those who are mature the season and timing and they will be watching and waiting. Scripture is filled with doing the right thing for the right reason at the right time in the right place. We call this righteousness. The pharisees were great about most of the right except for the reasons. Their lack of maturity made them blind and deaf to the words of Christ.
Some things really never change. We as americans are so full of our own righteousness that we have very little room for Christ in our lives. We lack discipline and maturity therefore we have blindness and deafness to the words of Christ. It is time to awake from our laziness and study to show our selves approved before God and man. Maturity is needed for revival and necessary for the return of Christ.
If Christ were to return today, what would he find you doing? Hopefully what he has called you to do.