Mark 13:35-36 NKJV
“Watch therefore, for you do not know when the master of the house is coming—in the evening, at midnight, at the crowing of the rooster, or in the morning—lest, coming suddenly, he find you sleeping”
As a believer we are to be spiritually awake – not asleep. We are to watch for Jesus’ return, and be sober or serious about it and the things that God has instructed us to do.
1 Thessalonians 5:1-6
“But concerning the times and the seasons, brethren, you have no need that I should write to you. For you yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so comes as a thief in the night. For when they say, “Peace and safety!” then sudden destruction comes upon them, as labor pains upon a pregnant woman. And they shall not escape. But you, brethren, are not in darkness, so that this Day should overtake you as a thief. You are all sons of light and sons of the day. We are not of the night nor of darkness. Therefore let us not sleep, as others do, but let us watch and be sober”
Throughout time many people have been spiritually asleep. People were asleep when Jesus was born. People were asleep when Jesus was arrested, tried and convicted. And, people will be asleep when Jesus returns. Our attention must be on God and on Jesus’ soon return. We are to keep a lookout for Jesus so that when He returns we won’t find ourselves unprepared.
When Jesus returns will He find the church slumbering?
Vigilance in commitment must be the order of each day. There is no such thing as partial commitment – you are either committed or you are not. The parable of the ten virgins and the parable of the talents are two examples of this. In the end the five foolish virgins and the lazy servant were all rejected.
The Ten Virgins
In the parable of the ten virgins five of them were vigilant and five of them were not. Those that were not watchful and alert were not prepared when the bridegroom came. They had neglected to do completely do what was required – they had not taken any oil for their lamps. To a degree they were watching for the bridegroom, but not completely.
Matthew 25:1-13 NKJV
“Then the kingdom of heaven shall be likened to ten virgins who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom. Now five of them were wise, and five were foolish. Those who were foolish took their lamps and took no oil with them, but the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps. But while the bridegroom was delayed, they all slumbered and slept. And at midnight a cry was heard: ‘Behold, the bridegroom is coming; go out to meet him!’ Then all those virgins arose and trimmed their lamps. And the foolish said to the wise, ‘Give us some of your oil, for our lamps are going out.’ But the wise answered, saying, ‘No, lest there should not be enough for us and you; but go rather to those who sell, and buy for yourselves.’ And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came, and those who were ready went in with him to the wedding; and the door was shut. Afterward the other virgins came also, saying, ‘Lord, Lord, open to us!’ But he answered and said, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, I do not know you.’ Watch therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour in which the Son of Man is coming.”
The Parable Of The Talents
In the parable of the talents three servants were each given a talent(s). Two of the servants used the talents to the greatest extent possible, however the third one did not. That servant was not vigilant about doing the master’s work. To a degree he prepared for the master’s return, but not completely.
Matthew 25:14-28 NKJV
“For the kingdom of heaven is like a man traveling to a far country, who called his own servants and delivered his goods to them. And to one he gave five talents, to another two, and to another one, to each according to his own ability; and immediately he went on a journey. Then he who had received the five talents went and traded with them, and made another five talents. And likewise he who had received two gained two more also. But he who had received one went and dug in the ground, and hid his lord’s money. After a long time the lord of those servants came and settled accounts with them. “So he who had received five talents came and brought five other talents, saying, ‘Lord, you delivered to me five talents; look, I have gained five more talents besides them.’ His lord said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant; you were faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord.’ He also who had received two talents came and said, ‘Lord, you delivered to me two talents; look, I have gained two more talents besides them.’ His lord said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant; you have been faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord.’ “Then he who had received the one talent came and said, ‘Lord, I knew you to be a hard man, reaping where you have not sown, and gathering where you have not scattered seed. And I was afraid, and went and hid your talent in the ground. Look, there you have what is yours.’ “But his lord answered and said to him, ‘You wicked and lazy servant, you knew that I reap where I have not sown, and gather where I have not scattered seed. So you ought to have deposited my money with the bankers, and at my coming I would have received back my own with interest. So take the talent from him, and give it to him who has ten talents.”