The Sunday Mail
Pastor Tinashe Zinyemba The Christian
YouthAPRIL 1 was always an interesting day, particularly for junior students at mission schools.
The seniors would perform “initiation rites” as a way of officially welcoming you to the “real” world. It got me thinking about graduating from immaturity into being a responsible individual.
No bell will ever ring to let you know that it is time to grow up.
God will sometimes let situations wake you up, you might fail an examination or miss a promotion you were hoping for.
Maturity is not necessarily a function of age but it’s about responsibility and the choices we make. Today, graduate from immaturity to maturity.
Matthew 25:1-13 speaks of the Parable of the Ten Virgins: “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.”
Wisdom can be defined as the quality of being prudent and sensible, or the ability to apply knowledge/experience/understanding, or common sense.
Proverbs 9:10 says, “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the holy is understanding.”
A fool is a person who lacks good judgement or is gullible and can easily be taken advantage of. Psalms 14:1 says, “The fool hath said in his heart, there is no God…”
So, where do you find yourself? Are you a fool or are you wise? Are you gullible or can you apply common sense? Do you know how to put the knowledge you have to good use or are you easily taken advantage of?
Do you fear God or do you say there is no God through your words, deeds and thoughts?
We all must answer these questions honestly.
The aforementioned parable talks about a wedding, with everybody waiting for the bridegroom to show up.
The ten virgins were part of this crowd. I find it interesting that they were all virgins who were obviously well-mannered.
Yet Scripture says five were foolish and five were wise.
Most people are just like these girls – God-fearing and doing their best to get by. Yet some of us are wise and some are foolish.
The parable goes on to show why some were foolish and some were wise.
No one knew what time the bridegroom would come. The wise girls bought extra oil for their lamps, just in case he would come late.
lndeed, the groom was late.
The wise virgins put their extra oil into their lamps while the foolish girls tried in vain to buy oil late at night.
The bridegroom came at midnight and as a result, the foolish virgins were denied access to the celebrations as they had missed the travelling party while looking for oil.
If you are going to exhibit wisdom, you must prepare. Prepare for the inevitable in life.
The foolish girls lived as though there was no tomorrow, yet the wise girls took time to consider what could possibly happen and prepared for it.
If you do not want to be a fool, prepare.
Prepare for your exams by studying. Prepare for your marriage – even if you do not have a partner yet – by living by the right principles.
Prepare for your job by getting the correct education and training. Prepare to run your own company by getting the proper training and exposure.
Prepare for a healthy life by eating right and exercising today.
The bridegroom of your life is coming and if you are not prepared, you will be disappointed.
Imagine waiting all your life for an opportunity and then when it comes, you are not ready to take it.
Do not be a fool, be wise and step into your destiny. Till next week, God bless.
Tinashe Zinyemba is a pastor with New Life Covenant Church.
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