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Yesterday after receiving the devastating news that Kenya had confirmed her first Covid -19 death, I looked up to the sky and told God, ‘surely?’ I felt like my prayers were in vain, that things are not going to get better any soon. It crushed me. When I am crushed, I run to my father in heaven, because no one else understands. After a few worship songs, I was assured that God is still on the throne. Then I made things worse by checking out some messages on WhatsApp, well, almost everyone was sharing and re sharing the news and the major comment on most posts was ‘so this sing is serious?’ of course the panic shopping resurfaced, the hopelessness and the fear. I could almost feel it in my neighborhood. Yes, this virus is serious. It is a pandemic, it has killed lots of people in the world. It is not serious now, it has always been serious. To my shock, one even said, ‘now I will start washing my hands’
Do you know what else is serious? Or in the words of my close friend ‘Do you know what else is really real? Heaven and hell. We have received warnings, told to repent, to turn back to God, to seek His face, and to believe in Him. But at times it seems like a myth and feels unreal. Actually, most people think that believers are brainwashed. What are you waiting for to give your life to Jesus? How real do you want it to get? When the trumpets blow and Jesus comes back for His own, will you shout ‘So this thing is real?’ or will you be prepared? Will you say ‘now I should start praying and seeking the face of the Lord?’ or will you be glad that you have been seeking His face all along?
“Then the kingdom of heaven shall be likened to ten virgins who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom. Now five of them were wise, and five were foolish. Those who were foolish took their lamps and took no oil with them, but the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps.” (Matthew 25:1-4.) The five without enough oil thought that they will always have the time, they thought that the bridegroom will take longer. But when the bridegroom came, it was too late for them to buy oil. Those who were ready went with Him. “Afterwards the other virgins came also, saying, ‘Lord, Lord, open to us!’ But he answered and said, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, I do not know you.’” Matthew 25:11-12.
In the current times, the same is happening. There are people who are intentionally preparing their oil each day. Going through the often painful and less traveled road to make sure they have enough oil and get ready for the bridegroom who can show up any time. They know the seriousness of the matter. They are looking forward to the second coming of Jesus. Then there are those who are not doing as much, some have some oil, which is not enough, they think they still have plenty of time. Then others don’t care at all. They don’t even believe that the bridegroom exists. Which one are you? If Jesus was to come today, will you be known?
May God open our eyes to be more serious in gathering oil in our vessels. May we be found ready and be told ‘well done good and faithful servants’ Lets us not wait for the trumpet to sound so that we know the seriousness of the matter. Salvation is serious, it has always been. Seek the Lord while He may be found.