As Christians, we all aspire to meet the bridegroom, Jesus Christ, when He comes. We hope to be counted among the wise virgins who were prepared for His arrival. In the same breath, we want to avoid being like the foolish virgins who were unprepared and left out of the wedding feast. In 2024, let us resolve to "Get in the Door." Let us take the opportunity while the bridegroom terries to make the necessary preparations in our hearts, minds and spirits. This sermon aims to motivate and empower you to get your spiritual life in order, so you can be among those who enter into His presence when He comes.
The parable of the 10 virgins is a sobering reminder of the need to be prepared at all times. The wise virgins were always ready and waiting for the bridegroom, while the foolish virgins were caught unprepared and found themselves shut out of the wedding feast (Matthew 25:1-13). Don't let there be any excuse to procrastinate in our preparations.
One of the ways to prepare for the coming of the Lord is through prayer. As Paul writes in 1 Thessalonians 5:17, we are to pray without ceasing. Prayer is our communication line with God, and it enables us to stay connected with Him. Through prayer, we can seek His face, ask Him for guidance and strength, and confess our sins. We can also pray for others and intercede on their behalf. Prayer keeps us centered in God's will and strengthens our faith.
Another way to prepare for the coming of the Lord is through fasting. Fasting helps to train our flesh to obey the Spirit. It's a way of denying ourselves and seeking God's face. When we fast, we demonstrate our dependence on God and show Him that we are willing to prioritize our spiritual life over our physical needs. Whether it's a one-day fast, a week-long fast, or a periodic fast, the discipline helps us to grow in our faith and deepen our relationship with God.
Seeking God's will is also crucial to our preparations for the coming of the Lord. In Proverbs 3:5-6, we are admonished to trust in the Lord with all our heart and lean not on our understanding. We are to acknowledge Him in all our ways, and He will direct our paths. Seeking God's will involves surrendering our plans and desires to Him and asking Him to lead us. It involves being open to His guidance, even if it means going in a different direction from what we had intended. We position ourselves for His blessings and favor when we seek God's will.
In conclusion, this sermon, "Get in the Door in 2024," is a call to action for all Christians. We are to be like the wise virgins who made preparations for the bridegroom's arrival. Through prayer, fasting, and seeking God's will, we can position ourselves to enter into His presence when He comes. Let us not be like the foolish virgins who were unprepared and found themselves shut out of the wedding feast. Instead, let us heed the words of Jesus in Matthew 25:13, "Therefore keep watch, because you do not know the day or the hour." May we all be ready when we hear, "Behold, the bridegroom comes!"
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Rev. Thomas B. Nunes is an ordained minister of the Gospel and is an assistant pastor at The Master's House. Over 10 years he has faithfully preached and ministered to the members of The Master's House.