Posted: Thursday, October 2, 2008 2:37 pm
The Messenger. 10.02.08
Written by members of the Obion County Ministerial Association
One aspect of spiritual discernment is found in Matthew 24:42, which says, “Be prepared, because you don’t know what day your Lord is coming.”
Jesus, in the 25th chapter of Matthew, speaks of the 10 bridesmaids; some with oil for their lamps and some without the oil needed to light their way while they awaited the Bridegroom. The final sentence of this story is, “So stay awake and be prepared, because you do not know the day or the hour of My return.”
In light of all that is taking place in the world, one might wonder how close is Jesus’ return. We don’t know the day or the hour, but scripture assures us that He will return. The purpose of watching and waiting is to bring us to reconciliation with God and with each other.
Being prepared to see God starts with daily prayer and study of the Word. Daily looking for God helps us keep a constant vigil. We must maintain an open spirit and a heart that is listening and waiting for God to come to us, through Scripture, other people and the church. The Day of the Lord will restore us to the full image and likeness of God; however, the process of that restoration begins with us. We must watch and wait with diligence and discernment because He may come at any moment.
Yours in Christ,
The Rev. Kenny Locke
Pleasant Valley and Shady Grove United Methodist churches