God: appreciates our grace when He graces us…..
St. Matthew 25:5 (KJV) “Then shall the kingdom of heaven be likened unto ten virgins, which took their lamps, and went forth to meet the bridegroom. And five of them were wise, and five were foolish. They that were foolish took their lamps, and took no oil with them: But the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps. While the bridegroom tarried, they all slumbered and slept”.
Many of us practice a deceptive mannerism and it is deadly in that it is hidden for the most part and doesn’t appear very often, but when it does, it just shows its head briefly, and then it disappears again until the next occurrence; very deadly is the practice of condescending behavior.
We do it when we think we have something more valuable or if we know something that another person does not and supposedly puts us at an advantage over others. But in the bigger scheme of things, having more or knowing more should encourage us to have a spirit of humility because it’s not because of anything great that we have been blessed as such, but only by the grace of God.
At the end of it all how we deal with or treat what we are blessed with is the determining factor on getting to where we ought to be. Looking at today’s word we see that these individuals were blessed equally, had the same qualifications to recommend them as well, but the application of the gifts were different.
As a result of how they utilized their gifts they were classified as either wise or foolish; but they were all gifted. The ultimate aim was preparation for a certain situation, but as a result of effectively utilization of their gifts, those classified as foolish allowed themselves to be placed in the foolish rank, while those who applied themselves effectively by being prepared, were ranked as wise: case for condescend is available here.
But if you look at the very end of the reading you realize that although some were wise and some were foolish a predicament befell them all: they all slumbered in waiting for the culmination of their reward: sleep is the killer of reward.
The wise could have condescended to the foolish because of their forethought in being prepared, but they also got caught up in the end by sleep. How many of us think we are in an exalted position because of what we have, where we are in life, the bright outlook in our future; but never foreseeing the killer of our reward hiding to trap us down the road just before that which we have been preparing come to fruition?
This might be a simple analogy, but my friend, we might condescend today, but tomorrow is another occasion and another set of existence. As we live, let us love and cast aside all those things which easily besets us or can derail us.
New Trivia: They moaned the lack of their little sister’s lack of mammary development; who is it; where is it found?