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Prior to telling this parable Jesus was discussing his eventual return. We refer to this as the second coming of Christ.  It was important that the disciples began to understand that His death on the cross would not be the end. This was a reality that they would not begin to grasp until He would appear to them after His resurrection.

Jesus offered a a nugget of truth about His return before He moved into the parables He had chosen to tell.  It is important that we do not miss this.

This conversation began when the disciples approached Him and asked, “Tell us, when will this happen, and what will be the sign of your coming and of the end of the age?”  In response to that question Jesus says that He does not know when this will happen.  Not even the angels are wise to such information.  The only one that knows is the Father.

This says to us that our wait could be another ten years, or it could be another two thousand years.  This is important because Jesus uses this information to lead into a parable where a group of women are waiting for the return of a bridegroom with an unspecified time of return.

Jesus also told a short story about a servant that was caught off guard.  A servant was put in charge of his master’s household.  Then a comparison is drawn between the consequences for a faithful servant and an unfaithful servant.  The unfaithful servant is said to have done evil things and kept vile company, because he believed his master would not return for a long time.  Jesus explains that the master will return on a day he is not expected and at an unknown hour.

Jesus then begins telling the following story.

The Parable of the Ten Virgins

“Then the kingdom of heaven will be comparable to ten virgins, who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom. 2 Five of them were foolish, and five were prudent [or wise]. 3 For when the foolish took their lamps, they took no oil with them, 4 but the prudent took oil in flasks along with their lamps. 5 Now while the bridegroom was delaying, they all got drowsy and began to sleep. 6 But at midnight there was a shout, ‘Behold, the bridegroom! Come out to meet him.’ 7 Then all those virgins rose and trimmed their lamps. 8 The foolish said to the prudent, ‘Give us some of your oil, for our lamps are going out.’ 9 But the prudent answered, ‘No, there will not be enough for us and you too; go instead to the dealers and buy some for yourselves.’ 10 And while they were going away to make the purchase, the bridegroom came, and those who were ready went in with him to the wedding feast; and the door was shut. 11 Later the other virgins also came, saying, ‘Lord, lord, open up for us.’ 12 But he answered, ‘Truly I say to you, I do not know you.’ 13 Be on the alert then, for you do not know the day nor the hour.

– Matthew 25:1-13 (NASB)

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28 WaysWhile doing a hospital visit yesterday, I walked past the newborn baby viewing area. I stopped for a minute.

It’s been a few years since I’ve been by that window. When my kids were born I was there watching every breath, completely in awe. Later when a friend or church member had a baby I walked by the window a few times. But yesterday I didn’t know any new parents, I just happened to be going down that hallway. Continue reading


Every LifeI think you would all agree with me,

we can look back on the crusades and acknowledge the evil done in the name of Christianity. We reflect on American slavery and see clearly how sinister it was, finding it unfathomable that we allowed it to exist. We think about not allowing women to vote and treating certain races as less than a whole person. We now obviously see the bigotry. Continue reading


Dont Give UpNo matter what life has thrown at you, no matter where you live and where you’ve been, no matter how you feel about yourself, no matter who has said what about you, no matter why you clicked on a link that brought you here…

Your life is a ministry. Or in other words, you are one that serves. Continue reading


In 2004 Country Music artist Tim McGraw released the hit song Live Like You Were Dying.  It reached #1 on the U.S. Billboard country music charts where it remained for a total of seven weeks.

The song shares the story of a middle aged man in his early forties that wrestles with his mortality as he is diagnosed with a life threatening illness.  The songs lyrics pull at our heart strings as the story tells of a life that is radically transformed and reprioritized in light of the shortness of the remaining days the gentleman has to live. 

Unfortunately many of us are careless in life with no thought of tomorrow until our living is interrupted by some news that our life may be cut shorter than we expected.  It is sobering to hear that we are not going to live forever.  Or even make it to old age.  It is amazing how quickly one can change his or her priorities when the idea of a long life is no longer a reality.

The sobering truth for all of us is that we are dying.  When each of us enters into this world we begin our journey towards the grave.  We don’t need to be told by a doctor that we will not live forever.  The grave is the destination of all men, women, boys, and girls.  The problem is that we don’t think in those terms.  We live with the unmerited expectation that we will die of old age.

What if more of us began to live like we were dying?  Would we as the song suggests love a little deeper, speak a little sweeter, give forgiveness that we had been denying?  Would we be better husbands and wives and take a long hard look at how life would be different if we had it to do all over again?  Is it possible that we would be better people, we would have better families, and even better communities?

There is a time for life and a time for death.  All who are born will eventually die.  Why not live like it, starting today?  I hope we all get the chance to live like we are dying.

Written by Larry Westfall.  Copyright Finding Wonder 2013.