2015-08-11 - Evacuations
Originally Published 2014-03-11
In our hometown, we recently had a hazardous situation, in which a train caught on fire. The danger was from the eight flammable liquid tanks that the train was hauling. Due to an imminent danger of explosion, there was an evacuation of people in a several-mile radius. At the time of the incident, there was a good chance that my husband and I would be evacuated, as well. We found out just how quickly we could pack and be ready to leave; it took us about ten minutes. It was also a telling exercise in what was most important and necessary for us.
Of course, there is another evacuation that will someday occur, for those of us who are Christians - and we won’t even have ten minutes to prepare for the most important evacuation of all. As Jesus taught us, and as was recorded in Matthew 25,
Matthew 25:1-13 Then the kingdom of Heaven will be comparable to ten virgins, who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom. 2 Five of them were foolish, and five were prudent. 3 For when the foolish took their lamps, they took no oil with them, 4 but the prudent took oil in flasks along with their lamps. 5 Now while the bridegroom was delaying, they all got drowsy and began to sleep. 6 But at midnight there was a shout, ‘Behold, the bridegroom! Come out to meet him.’ 7 Then all those virgins rose and trimmed their lamps. 8 The foolish said to the prudent, ‘Give us some of your oil, for our lamps are going out.’ 9 But the prudent answered, ‘No, there will not be enough for us and you too; go instead to the dealers and buy some for yourselves.’ 10 And while they were going away to make the purchase, the bridegroom came, and those who were ready went in with him to the wedding feast; and the door was shut. 11 Later the other virgins also came, saying, ‘Lord, lord, open up for us.’ 12 But he answered, ‘Truly I say to you, I do not know you.’ 13 Be on the alert then, for you do not know the day nor the hour.
As the parable taught us, we should always be ready for Christ’s return. When He suddenly comes back to Earth, we should already have a saving relationship with faith in Him, and we should be busy with His business. Since we the Lord said that we will “… not know the day nor the hour,” we simply need to be busy with Christ’s work all the time.
That’s the way to be ready.
Janice P. Moser
All scripture references are from the New American Standard Bible (NASB) unless otherwise noted.