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Sep 07
2007
CEN

Is Preparation Your Responsibility?

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We all need to be prepared.   Jesus explained, “Ten virgins, who took their lamps, went out to meet the bridegroom.   Five were foolish, and five were prudent.   For when the foolish took their lamps, they took no oil with them but the prudent took oil in flasks, along with their lamps.”   (Matthew 25:1-4 NASB)

We all need to be prepared.   Jesus explained, “Ten virgins, who took their lamps, went out to meet the bridegroom.   Five were foolish, and five were prudent.   For when the foolish took their lamps, they took no oil with them but the prudent took oil in flasks, along with their lamps.”   (Matthew 25:1-4 NASB)

We can draw several lessons from this scripture:  

First — The virgins gathered what they needed: lamps and lamp oil.
Second — The prudent took additional oil, but the foolish did not.

What happened to those who did not prepare?   “And the foolish said to the prudent, ‘Give us some of your oil, for our lamps are going out.’   But the prudent answered, ‘No, there will not be enough for us and you, too.’”   (Matthew 25:8-9 NASB).

What does this mean to you and me when it comes to being ready for emergency situations?

First   — We gather what we may need: food, water, medical supplies, Gospel tracts
Second — If we do not prepare, there might not be enough of what is needed for ourselves and for others.

The foolish virgins expected to be cared for, even though they failed to prepare.   They knew they might need lamp oil for the entire night, but did not bring enough.

When we expect others to step in and meet every need during disasters, we are being foolish.   When events like Hurricane Katrina striking an area the size of England, or the recent 8.0 earthquake that hit Peru, logic would dictate that help would not arrive immediately, regardless of how well relief efforts were organized.

Most of us are able to stock supplies to sustain our families for a week for less than a $50.00 investment.   Better yet, put aside more than you and your family will likely need so that you can reach out and prayerfully care for your neighbors in the name of the Lord.   When you are able to care in tangible ways, doors will open up for your Christian witness; doors that would not be open if you were not prepared.

Any of us may need help, and our faith must be in Christ alone, not in the amount of our preparations.   However, when we take the step of preparing in advance by stockpiling necessities, we will reduce the likelihood that we will become a burden.   Furthermore, when we accumulate more than we will likely need, we will not have to turn others away in the moment of their greatest need, and thereby lose a precious opportunity for ministry.

Preparation is simply gathering supplies in advance while they are plentiful.   Hoarding, on the other hand, is attempting to gather more than your share when things are scarce.   Biblical preparation is wise, and it will protect you and your family.   It also offers you ministry opportunities in a future calamity.   Start today and GET READY!


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