"What do I do?"  in a time of Coronavirus (Don't forget the eggs! - Excellent (Eggs-ellent)

Sunday, 29. March 2020

The Story of Ten Bridesmaids

Matthew 25:1 NIRV

Here is what the kingdom of heaven will be like at that time. Ten bridesmaids took their lamps and went out to meet the groom.

 

Matthew 25:2 NIRV

Five of them were foolish. Five were wise.

 

Psalms 94:8 NIV

Take notice, you senseless ones among the people;

 

Isaiah 19:11 ERV

The leaders of the city of Zoan are fools. Pharaoh’s “wise advisors” give bad advice. They say they are wise. They say they are from the old family of the kings, but they are not as smart as they think.

 

Matthew 25:3 NIRV

The foolish ones took their lamps but didn’t take any olive oil with them.

 

Matthew 25:4 NIRV

The wise ones took oil in jars along with their lamps.

 

Matthew 25:5 NIRV

The groom did not come for a long time. So the bridesmaids all grew tired and fell asleep.

 

Matthew 25:6 NIRV

“At midnight someone cried out, ‘Here’s the groom! Come out to meet him!’

 

Matthew 25:7 NIRV

 “Then all the bridesmaids woke up and got their lamps ready.

 

Matthew 25:8-9 NIRV

The foolish ones said to the wise ones, ‘Give us some of your oil. Our lamps are going out.’ (9) “ ‘No,’ they replied. ‘There may not be enough for all of us. Instead, go to those who sell oil. Buy some for yourselves.’

 

Matthew 25:10-12 NIRV

“So they went to buy the oil. But while they were on their way, the groom arrived. The bridesmaids who were ready went in with him to the wedding dinner. Then the door was shut. (11) “Later, the other bridesmaids also came. ‘Sir! Sir!’ they said. ‘Open the door for us!’ (12) “But he replied, ‘What I’m about to tell you is true. I don’t know you.’

 

The Big Lesson from Jesus

Matthew 25:13 NIRV

“So keep watch. You do not know the day or the hour that the groom will come.

 

So … What do I do in the time of Coronavirus? (The 4 ‘P’s’)

1.Pray first

Matthew 6:9-13 NIV

“This, then, is how you should pray: “‘Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us today our daily bread And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.’

 

2.Production - making things to bless others

Ephesians 5:16 MSG

Don’t waste your time on useless work, mere busywork, the barren pursuits of darkness. Expose these things for the sham they are. It’s a scandal when people waste their lives on things they must do in the darkness where no one will see. Rip the cover off those frauds and see how attractive they look in the light of Christ. Wake up from your sleep, Climb out of your coffins; Christ will show you the light! So watch your step. Use your head. Make the most of every chance you get. These are desperate times!

 

3.Presentation - sharing the Good News well with others.

2 Timothy 4:2 NLT

Preach the word of God. Be prepared, whether the time is favorable or not. Patiently correct, rebuke, and encourage your people with good teaching.

 

4.Pastoring - Caring and connecting with great people.

Hebrews 10:25 MSG

So let’s do it—full of belief, confident that we’re presentable inside and out. Let’s keep a firm grip on the promises that keep us going. He always keeps his word. Let’s see how inventive we can be in encouraging love and helping out, not avoiding worshiping together as some do but spurring each other on, especially as we see the big Day approaching.