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Weekly Devotionals

Not on Time!

1 “At that time the kingdom of heaven will be like ten virgins who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom. 2 Five of them were foolish and five were wise. 3 The foolish ones took their lamps but did not take any oil with them. 4 The wise ones, however, took oil in jars along with their lamps. 5 The bridegroom was a long time in coming, and they all became drowsy and fell asleep.

6 “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. 8 The 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. ‘Lord, Lord,’ they said, ‘open the door for us!’

12 “But he replied, ‘Truly I tell you, I don’t know you.’

13 “Therefore keep watch, because you do not know the day or the hour. – Matthew 25:1-13

So… if you’re a regular reader of our Jubilee Weekly Devotionals you will have noticed that yesterday there was no devotional. The reason for this is because I dropped the ball. I totally forgot about it. And so I’m trying to make up for it today, a day late.

It’s not that I didn’t know about it. In fact, I was thinking about it all week. But when it came time for me to start writing something up, I totally forgot, and only remembered this morning. I guess I can find some excuses for it. I honestly was pretty busy with lots of different stuff last week. My second daughter got sick over the weekend. I just thought I could put something together last minute, and I never forgot anything like this before, so I put too much trust in myself. At the end of the day, I let other things take priority and I completely forgot about it.

That’s what this story of the 10 virgins is also telling us. Sometimes, we know how important it is to prioritize Jesus in our lives. We know that one day He will come back, and we want to be ready. But then, we get so busy with life that we forget all about making Him a priority, and then we end up forgetting about Him altogether.

Are you making Jesus a priority in your life? Is He at the forefront of every thought and action? Or is He something you’ll just come back to after all your other priorities?

I dropped the ball on writing this devotional in time. That’s okay, because in the grand scheme of things, that’s a forgivable and forgettable offense. However, when we don’t prioritize Jesus in our lives, the consequences can be far worse.

This week, let’s not drop the ball, but let’s make Jesus the greatest priority in our lives, no matter what!