S: Matthew 25:1-13 “At that time the kingdom of heaven will be like ten virgins who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom. Five of the virgins were foolish, and five were wise. When the foolish ones took their lamps, they did not take extra olive oil with them. But the wise ones took flasks of olive oil with their lamps. When the bridegroom was delayed a long time, they all became drowsy and fell asleep. But at midnight there was a shout, ‘Look, the bridegroom is here! Come out to meet him.’ Then all the virgins woke up and trimmed their lamps. The foolish ones said to the wise, ‘Give us some of your oil, because our lamps are going out.’ ‘No,’ they replied. ‘There won’t be enough for you and for us. Go instead to those who sell oil and buy some for yourselves.’ But while they had gone to buy it, the bridegroom arrived, and those who were ready went inside with him to the wedding banquet. Then the door was shut. Later, the other virgins came too, saying, ‘Lord, lord! Let us in!’ But he replied, ‘I tell you the truth, I do not know you!’ Therefore stay alert, because you do not know the day or the hour.”
O: The motto of the Boy Scouts is “Be Prepared”. It may have been based on this parable, since Robert Baden-Powell came from a Christian background.
A: We don't know when our life will end or Jesus will come again. Therefore, we should always be ready to meet our Maker.
Every day, let us be motivated to follow what God teaches us. If we fail, we must quickly repent and receive God's forgiveness available through the sacrifice of Jesus Christ, get back up and get back to following Him. Let's keep short accounts with God. Let's walk in the Spirit. Let's live in the way that pleases Him.
P: Father, thank You for Your grace and forgiveness. Help us to daily take up our cross and follow You. In Jesus' name, amen.
Note: this is using the SOAP method. For more information, see this page (not written by me.)