Matthew 25 1-13
1 “Then the kingdom of heaven shall be likened to ten virgins who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom. 2 “Now five of them were wise, and five were foolish. 3 “Those who were foolish took their lamps and took no oil with them, 4 “but the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps. 5 “But while the bridegroom was delayed, they all slumbered and slept. 6 “And at midnight a cry was heard: ‘Behold, the bridegroom is coming; go out to meet him!’ 7 “Then all those virgins arose and trimmed their lamps. 8 “And the foolish said to the wise, ‘Give us some of your oil, for our lamps are going out.’ 9 “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 in which the Son of Man is coming.”
The Holy Bible, New King James Version, (Nashville, Tennessee: Thomas Nelson, Inc.) 1982.

When Jesus taught this parable, He was already here on earth.  He had already come once.  He was giving instructions on being prepared for His Second Coming. He is teaching us that each person is responsible for their own spiritual condition.  It will not matter how much you know about Jesus, but about how much you lived Him.  If you know Who He is but have never accepted His gift of love through His death on the cross, it will not matter that you believed He was coming again. The first step to salvation is to believe Him, the second step is to live Him.  Mess up that order and you miss Him.  You can’t be a part of Him through works without faith and you can’t be a growing part of Him thorough faith without works.  One shows no faith and the other shows, no obedience.  Because if you believe Him, you will live Him and obey Him.  The 10 virgins all knew Him and knew He was coming, but only 5 were prepared for Him.  The other 5 were not and did not get in.  Our spiritual condition cannot be bought or borrowed at the last minute.  It will do you no good if your father, mother, sister or friend knows and lives Jesus, if you do not yourself. Each of us must be ready for Him when He returns. We must have accepted His free gift of salvation and became a part of His Body.  Then grow to know Who He is through His Word and then go out and show you know Him by living what you know about Him.  Simply knowing is not enough.  Many will be at the door asking to come in, don’t be one of them. Be prepared today by accepting Him as Lord of your life and then join His body and walk in obedience to His Word.

Have a God Day!