It’s Like the Bridesmaids and Their Lamps

Matthew 25:1-13
Always be ready; the King could come at any time!

Luke 12:35-36, 40 “Stay dressed for action and keep your lamps burning, 36and be like men who are waiting for their master to come home from the wedding feast, so that they may open the door to him at once when he comes and knocks… 40 You also must be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect.”

Always be ready; the King could come at any time!

Oswald Chambers from My Utmost for His Highest: “Readiness for God means that we are prepared to do the smallest thing or the largest thing— it makes no difference. It means we have no choice in what we want to do, but that whatever God’s plans may be, we are there and ready. Whenever any duty presents itself, we hear God’s voice as our Lord heard His Father’s voice, and we are ready for it…”

Always be ready; the King could come at any time!

It’s like the Man hiring Vineyard Workers

Matthew 20:1-16

When God is generous to others, don’t be jealous.

The Master has Work To Be Done
1) The Work is Important
2) The Work is Incomplete

God is a generous God.

Even though they spent all day working for the master, they did not understand or appreciate his generous heart.

Proverbs 14:30

When God is generous to others don’t be jealous.

It’s like the Good Fish and the Bad

(NOTE: The first part of the recording includes an activity for kids. You may want to skip to the 7 minute mark for the start of the message. There is also a song included a few minutes later.)

Matthew 13:47-48

Matthew 13:47-48
Wanna Be a Good Fish? You Gotta Get Right with God!

Matthew 13:47
Matthew 13:48
Matthew 13:49

Romans 3:22 NIV This righteousness is given through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe…
Romans 3:22 NLT We are made right with God by placing our faith in Jesus Christ. And this is true for everyone who believes, no matter who we are.

Good doesn’t get you into the kingdom. God’s standard is righteousness.

Matthew 13:50