Matthew 25:11-12 Don’t Get Shut Out

Closed Church Door

“Later the others also came. ‘Lord, Lord,’ they said, ‘open the door for us!’ “But he replied, ‘Truly I tell you, I don’t know you.’ ” Matthew 25:11-12

Jesus gave the parable about the five wise and five unwise virgins. They knew that their bridegroom was coming to meet them at some point. Five stayed prepared to meet him, while five did not. When he came, he took the five that were prepared and left. At the wedding banquet the doors were shut and the five unwise tried to get in. At that point the bridegroom stated that he did not know them and kept the door shut.

Most people do not run a wedding in the same manner that they did during the ancient days. Today if someone is late to the wedding, they are often still let in. This is especially true for people who are a part of the wedding ceremony.

In the business world, it is a different story. When the business closes its doors for the night, they will not open them again, regardless of who the person is. With this in mind, people must plan their time correctly to get to the business before the doors are closed. They must be ready.

God is in the process of preparing a great wedding feast in heaven someday. People are being made aware of this wedding feast. Everyone is being invited to be a part of the feast. The challenge is that no one knows exactly when that feast will begin. Each person must be ready.

The process of being ready is accepting what Jesus did and following Him. It is repenting of all sins and turning towards God.

Many people think that there are many ways into  heaven and that great feast. There is only one way and that is through Jesus.

When Jesus returns to bring everyone into the feast, you must be ready. Once He returns and takes all who are ready, the doors to that feast in heaven will be closed. God will stand at the door and tell the rest who missed it that He does not know them.

You do not want to be in that group. You do not want to be shut out, because that door will be shut for all eternity.

Take the time today to make sure you are following Jesus and are ready for the great wedding feast.

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will follow God with all your heart; that God will know you as part of His bride; and that you will be ready for heaven.

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1 John 2:3 Really Knowing Jesus

“We know that we have come to know him if we keep his commands.” 1 John 2:3

In many countries there are many people who will openly state that they know Jesus. In some countries they cannot do it openly because it is against the law. While many will state that they know Jesus, not everyone really knows Jesus.

There are people who have met some famous person for about two minutes and was able to say hi to that person. Now they go around saying that they know that person. Do they really know that person? Not at all. They are just an acquaintance. There really is no knowledge of the person.

John says that if you really know Jesus you will keep His commands. What does knowing Jesus have to do with keeping His commands?

When you spend a lot of time with a person you learn what they like and do not like. You really learn who that person is and what his heart is about. The same goes for getting to know Jesus. The more time you spend with Him and really get to know Him, the more you will learn what is heart is about.

The heart of Jesus is all about saving you and the rest of the world from sin and death. His heart is being a servant to accomplish this task of saving everyone.

Think about how great His love for you must be for Jesus to be willing to leave heaven to come to this earth to save you. Think about how great His love must be for you to be willing to die a painful death on the cross.

When you start to realize how great the love of Jesus is for you, you will want to return that love to Him. You will want to love Him just as much. Loving Jesus will show up when you obey Him, when you do what He says.

If you are not doing what Jesus says, you really don’t know or love Him. The reality of His love for you has not made it to your heart if you do not obey Him. It comes down to the fact that you do not know Him yet.

Do you really KNOW Jesus?

Or do you just know Him?

I pray today that God will give you a new vision of who Jesus is; that you will know what Jesus has done for you; that you will have a new love for Jesus; and that you will do whatever Jesus wants you to do.