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What is first priority to you right now? Your job? Making a living? Weekends at the lake? Family? Friends? Everyone has a number one priority.
The Lord has been speaking to me from Matthew 25. And beloved friends, if this isn't about priorities, I don't know what is! Let's read the whole story:
Then shall the kingdom of heaven be likened unto ten virgins, which took their lamps, and went forth to meet the bridegroom. And five of them were wise, and five were foolish. They that were foolish took their lamps, and took no oil with them: While the bridegroom tarried, they all slumbered and slept.

And at midnight there was a cry made, Behold, the bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet him. Then all those virgins arose, and trimmed their lamps. And the foolish said unto the wise, Give us of your oil; for our lamps are gone out.

But the wise answered, saying, Not so; lest there be not enough for us and you: but go ye rather to them that sell, and buy for yourselves. And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came; and they that were ready went in with him to the marriage: and the door was shut.

Afterward came also the other virgins, saying, Lord, Lord, open to us. But he answered and said, Verily I say unto you, I know you not. Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man cometh.
(Matt. 25:1-13)
Initially, the priority of all ten of these virgins was to go to meet the Bridegroom at the wedding. And that's a noble priority.

Trouble is, only half of them made the effort to prepare. Let's liken this to the here and now. Let's say ten of us go to church every week. We hear the sermon, and agree, this is good stuff. We need to do this. And five of us do. And five of us agree this is good stuff and we need to do this, but....

See where I'm going with this?

Priorities, my friend. The five who hear the Word of God and do it have made it their number one priority. The five that hear the Word of God and don't do it have put it in a lower priority.

Oh, they hear and agree it's good, they may even be able to quote the verses to you, but when the rubber meets the road, something else is more important to them than doing the Word of God.

What is first priority to you right now? Your job? Making a living? Weekends at the lake? Family? Friends? Everyone has a number one priority. Let's be honest now. You may fool me, but you can't fool God.
While the bridegroom tarried, they all slumbered and slept.
There are those who prepare, then rest. And there are those who rest, intending to prepare later. Which are you?

Running Out Of Oil?
When the cry was made, "Here comes the Bridegroom," the five foolish virgins had run out of oil and thought the wise ones would give them some. Some "lazy" Christians intend to make ready when there's time. But there just never seems to be time for them to get ready.

Wise Christians know to get ready now, because there may not be time later. I can't give you my "oil." You must get your own.

Can you look me straight in the eye and say, "I'm ready for Jesus to come right this instant?" Or if you saw Him coming, would you shrink back and say, "Lord, just give me a little more time, and I'll get ready?"

Jesus is coming quickly. If you aren't ready right now, then get ready! If you've been asleep at the wheel, this is your wake up call! And it may be the last one you will get.

You are on the road leading to eternity, whether you like to think about that or not. You are blasting down that road at full speed, and if you're not on the road leading to Jesus, then you have a bridge out ahead and it's my job to warn you. You have to turn around!

Listen, if you are leaving from Missouri and you want to go to New York, and you are heading west, you will not get to New York any day soon. You're going the wrong way. Turn around!

There is still time for you to get right with God, but it's disappearing fast. If living your life for God is not your first priority, then you have a rude awakening waiting for you. I can warn you, but you must listen or it will not profit you.

Jesus is coming soon. I'm asking you again, are you ready?

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Author Biography

Jerry Baysinger
Web site: Life Healing Ministries
Jerry Baysinger was a twenty-one-and-a-half-year civilian employee of Missouri State Highway Patrol and operator of his own successful furniture repair business, when in 1993, he was diagnosed with five melanomas and liver cancer. Given a month to live, he resigned from the Patrol and went home to die.

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