Monday, August 2, 2021

Matthew 25 Devotions by Stephen Taylor

Matthew 25:6-10

“At midnight the cry rang out: ‘Here’s the bridegroom! Come out to meet him!’ Then all the virgins woke up and trimmed their lamps. The foolish ones said to the wise, ‘Give us some of your oil; our lamps are going out.’ “‘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.’ “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.”

This parable intrigues me. All were virgins, all were in the right spot at the right time, all fell asleep and awoke at the same time, yet only the ones who were prepared got to go inside with the one they had been waiting on. To me, this parable is talking about the Church and points to true disciples versus those whose hearts are not fully His.

But this morning, the Holy Spirit said something like this: You can’t live in someone’s else’s light. Meaning I can’t shine bright enough for you to get in with me, but you have to have your own light to be seen! We can’t ride the coattails of someone else into eternity, and if we try, we’re gonna be sadly left out of the Kingdom.

We can’t rely on our wives or husbands, parents or children, grandparents or friends but only by believing , trusting, and belonging to Christ will we be accepted on that day! We are collectively human beings, but our salvation isn’t collective; it’s individual. It’s intimate and personal and He is waiting to set you free today. Don’t let your lamp burn out too soon. The time to get the oil (Holy Spirit) is now. Will you receive Him through the only Source, Jesus Christ?

Acts 2:38,39- Peter replied, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. The promise is for you and your children and for all who are far off—for all whom the Lord our God will call.”

God bless! I love you all, but He loves you completely! Glory, honor, and praise now and forever to Papa God, Jesus Christ our King, and the Holy Spirit!


Matthew 25:21-23

His master replied, 'Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master's happiness!’”…”His master replied, 'Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master's happiness!'”


You might be wondering if this is a typo or by accident, but it’s to prove a point. These two verses are found in the Parable of Talents. In the first verse, the man was given five bags of gold, and in the second, the man was given only two bags, yet they received the same response and acceptance from their Master!


What does this tell me? It tells me that it doesn’t matter how much we have but rather what we do with it and the heart behind it! The Lord doesn’t expect us to manifest things but rather be good stewards of the things He entrusts us with! If He has given you a church with ten people, then sow into, love deeply, and lead those ten people boldly!


Jesus is trying to prove a point here: that it isn’t about the amount of money but rather what you did with it when He gave it to you! Can He trust you with His wealth? Will He find you diligent, trustworthy, honest, and faithful? Or will you be the lazy scared guy who buries it?


Something else the Holy Spirit showed me in this parable, and I’m going to jump back before these verses to show you…


Matthew 25:14 - “Again, it will be like a man going on a journey, who called his servants and entrusted his wealth to them.


The man is God. We are the servants, and the wealth He entrusts us with is Christ and His Kingdom!!! Are we allowing Christ to produce through us more Christ-followers? Or do we bury our relationship with Christ in the dirt and try to keep it for ourselves? Will you hear “well done” or “who are you”?


God bless! I love you all, Glory, Honor, and Praise forever to Papa God, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit!




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