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What Time is It?
Krissy, 18

Verse:
 

"Therefore keep watch, because you do not know the day or the hour." Matthew 25:13

 
Lesson:
 

My family was almost hit by a van traveling at high speeds and either didn't see us beside them or wanted to get into the exit lane so they didn't miss the exit and just came right over into our lane causing us to swerve. I hit my head on the window because of the sharp reaction. I thought the van hit us but praise God it didn't. We all were truly shaken and new God had saved us. The people downstairs were trying to get us, but the people upstairs protected us. God must have more planned for us.

The events of the last couple of months have given us a new sense of the battle between "the people upstairs and downstairs" and the "activity" God has for us to do while on earth. We should be more aware of our mortality and that each day is a gift from God. The release of the missionaires is a great example of this battle for souls and praise God He set them free.

The question that remains is, now that we realize we have been given more time, what should we do?

In the parable of the ten virgins (Matthew 25:1-13) Jesus told a story about some bridesmaids who were waiting for the arrival of the bridegroom and what they did while they waited for him. The foolish ones got complacent waiting for the groom to come. They thought they had all the time in the world to get ready so they fell asleep. The wise ones got ready for the groom in the time they were given; they made sure they were ready for his return. When the groom came, the foolish bridesmaids ran around frantically trying in vain to get ready. By the time they were ready, the party was in progress and the door to the banquet was shut.

We all have a certain amount of time left here on earth and we can spend that time sleeping or getting ready for eternity. When the time comes, whether it be through sickness or terrorists or a fatal crash, it will be final and there will be no more time to get ready. The door to heaven will be shut. You will not receive a second chance.

What are you doing while you wait? Are you ready to meet God? If you are not ready, ask God to make you ready. If you need help in asking God, ask a friend who knows God. Give them a call, use your email or even leave a voice mail. Do whatever it takes to learn how to be ready to meet Jesus Christ. So that when the time comes, you will know without a doubt that you will enter the eternal banquet in heaven! Do it now, "because you do not know the day or the hour."

 
Prayer:
 
"Dear Jesus, you said that only the Father knows the time, but you have a plan for every second of our lives. Help us to remember what our true purpose is on Earth, to lead others to you." - Amen

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