Advent Devotional – First Sunday in Advent – Come, Lord Jesus
1“At that time the kingdom of heaven will be like ten virgins who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom. 2Five of them were foolish and five were wise. 3The foolish ones took their lamps but did not take any oil with them. 4The wise, however, took oil in jars along with their lamps. 5The bridegroom was a long time in coming, and they all became drowsy and fell asleep. “At midnight the cry rang out: ‘Here’s the bridegroom! Come out to meet him!’ 7“Then all the virgins woke up and trimmed their lamps. 8The foolish ones said to the wise, ‘Give us some of your oil; our lamps are going out.’ 9” ‘No,’ they replied, ‘there may not be enough for both us and you. Instead, go to those who sell oil and buy some for yourselves.’ 10“But while they were on their way to buy the oil, the bridegroom arrived. The virgins who were ready went in with him to the wedding banquet. And the door was shut. 11“Later the others also came. ‘Sir! Sir!’ they said. ‘Open the door for us!’ 12“But he replied, ‘I tell you the truth, I don’t know you.’ 13“Therefore keep watch, because you do not know the day or the hour. – Matthew 25:1-13
What does this story have to do with Advent, you ask? To which I answer: ―everything. Advent is defined as ―the arrival of a notable person, thing, or event. And so, just as the ten virgins were anxiously awaiting the arrival of the ever notable bridegroom, we are awaiting the coming arrival of our Bridegroom, Jesus Christ. The Bible tells us over and over again that He will be coming back (see Acts 1:11, John 14:3, 28, 1 Timothy 6:14, Revelation 22:20 among others).
Sometimes when I read this story, I am highly annoyed at those 5 foolish virgins. I mean, really. They knew they were going to wait on the bridegroom. Why did they not prepare? Why did they assume someone else would just share the oil they should have brought in the first place? Who gave them a sense of entitlement? Who did they think they were?
Today we are here, in our Earthly home, waiting for Christ to come and take us home—to where we were made to be: in the continuous presence of our Almighty God & Creator. But how do we prepare for His coming? We must be ready.
We must prepare ourselves so we never hear Him say ―I don‘t know you. We must spend time with Him. Daily…hourly…moment by moment if we can. We must communicate with Him. We must soak Him in. We must praise Him. Our attitude should be His attitude (Phil. 2:5), and we should love those whom He loves (Matthew 25:35-36). We must share His good news. We must invest in other‘s lives and spiritual walks. We must live our lives intentionally, not getting swept up in the business and pettiness of this life.
Come, Lord Jesus. And when You do, may You find us faithful.