Saturday, February 11, 2017

And The Door Was Shut


Matthew 25  NKJV
1  “Then the kingdom of heaven shall be likened to ten virgins who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom.
2  "Now five of them were wise, and five were foolish.
3  "Those who were foolish took their lamps and took no oil with them,
4  "but the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps.
5  "But while the bridegroom was delayed, they all slumbered and slept.
6  "And at midnight a cry was heard: ’Behold, the bridegroom is coming; go out to meet him!’
7  "Then all those virgins arose and trimmed their lamps.
8  "And the foolish said to the wise, ’Give us some of your oil, for our lamps are going out.’
9  "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.’
10  "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.”

Whether or not you are familiar with this parable it nevertheless holds a truth. There are doors which are open to you today that will one day be shut forever.
·        Doors of opportunity
·        Doors of education
·        Doors of relationship
·        A Door of salvation
o   Not only for yourself but also for those whom you love and others you influence.
o   The rest of the parable …

Matthew 25:11 Afterward …
·        There is an afterward … after the door is shut …
·        Some doors shut but not without fair warning …
·        It might be wise to consider this a fair warning.

Even for those who aren’t Believers and those unfamiliar with the Bible most have nonetheless heard of Noah and the Ark of his salvation.

The Bible gives an account in the early chapters of the Book of Genesis how that mankind ceased to serve God and the inhabitants of the world became so evil that God decided He would destroy the earth and save only those who were doing what was right in His eyes.

God then went about giving fair warning while trying to change the minds of men. He sent Noah to preach a message of repentance for 120 years while Noah prepared an Ark to save those who believed.

The Bible paints a picture of a world that was prospering but without God. People were marrying, (Matthew 24:37 & 38), and carrying on business and all seemed safe and secure in the midst of the evil which surrounded them. Scriptures tell us that Noah was a preacher of righteousness, (2 Peter 2:5), who had only one message, “Get right with God!” After 120 years of preaching and reaching out with the truth Noah’s only converts were his wife, his three sons and their wives.

No doubt it was on a day just like any other day when people least expected. They were happily going along blinded by their false sense of security and their unwillingness to change; supposing they had all the time in the world. That day something happened that had been preached for 120 years … something they had heard over and over again … something extraordinary and something never before seen … It began to rain.

I imagine flashes of the messages Reverend Noah had preached on Sunday mornings came to mind. As waters gushed forth from the belly of the earth like boundless fountains and the skies unleashed torrents of rain dropping water faster than the earth could swallow, everything quickly began to flood.

When the waters first lifted the Ark there is no telling how many people ran to see if they could get themselves and their families inside. However, as we understand from Genesis, 7 days earlier God had already shut the door.

Genesis 7:16  … Then the LORD closed the door behind them.

How terrible would it be to realize that you waited too late and the door had already been closed? The Bible tells us that God opens doors which no man can shut and shuts doors which no man can open. Both in the days of Noah and in the parable Jesus taught in Jerusalem 3000 years later, doors close – but not without fair warning.  

The truth remains the same for us today. There are some doors which are open to you today that will one day be shut forever.

There is an open invitation for everyone today to come to Jesus. Some don’t know about it and you may the only one who can make sure they hear. There are other doors open today which you should consider taking very seriously. These doors will not always be open to you – one day they will shut and many of them without further warning.
·        The Door of Repentance from Sin
·        The Door of Forgiveness Towards Others
·        The Door of Fostering a Good and Godly Relationship with Your
o   Parents
o   Spouse
o   Children
o   Friends
·        The Door of Service for the Cause of Christ
o   Make a Living
o   Make a Life
o   Make a Difference

Today, open the door of your heart to the will of God while you still have time. Don’t put it off another day.

I close with this scripture from the passage in:

Matthew 25:13  “Watch therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour in which the Son of Man is coming.”

Get right with God and come on in …