|08| Waiting Well (Matthew 25:1-13)

Jim Thompson - 8/2/2015

We continue in our summer series entitled, "Kingdom Parables: Keep Looking Until You See". Jesus told parables to make people think about how life in God’s kingdom under God’s reign was different than how we normally go about life. Parables have the capacity to challenge and change the way we usually think about God, life, and faith, and the only way to understand a parable is to keep looking until you see and to keep listening until you hear. This message focuses on the Parable of the Ten Virgins. Just like the bridesmaids were waiting on the bridegroom, all of life is permeated with anticipation and waiting. As Christians, our ultimate anticipation and wait is on Jesus' return to right all wrongs and to make heaven and earth one again. We should have a fixed confidence in that ultimate hope that it seasons and transforms and informs our temporal hopes. We should actively live, hope and wait in such a way that God’s kingdom is what we are investing in the most.