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The Mark of the Wise

by Vinaflor Realista
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Sermon Reflection on Matthew 25:1-13, The Faith of the Wise, the Faith of the Foolish, and the Coming King by Pastor David Chiong.

As I thought about the sermon of Pastor David Chiong on the Parable of Ten Virgins, I was reminded that at Christ’s return, there will certainly be a GREAT DIVIDE among all the people who ever lived. It is the time of judgment where the good will be separated from the bad, the wheat will be gathered up while the tares are burned (Matthew 13:30), and the wise will be allowed to enter the wedding feast while the foolish are driven away (Matthew 25:12).

As a professing Christian, I examined myself with these questions:

❓ What kind of Christianity do I possess?
❓ Do I have genuine faith and am I standing on the truth of God or a twisted version of it?
❓ Do I just have a form of Christianity without substance?
❓ What can I do to make sure my faith is that of the wise and not one of the foolish?

The messaged emphasized on:

1. Reading, studying, and applying the Word of God

It was said time and time again, and could not be overly emphasized, that it is only through God’s word, the BIBLE, where truth is known. So, reading the Bible must be done daily and without fail.

As the Scripture says, “Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful (Joshua 1:8)”.

2. Faith in Christ Jesus ALONE and to no one else

3. Transformed life, an evidence or fruit of a genuine Christianity

At the final hour of Christ’s return, how devastating would it be if we hear these words from Him –

“Assuredly, I say to you, I do not know you.”

Matthew 25:12

Lord, help me to periodically take time to pause, search, and examine my life. What kind of Christianity do I have? Am I conforming to You? Grant me the grace and mercy to ask for repentance if, in anyway, I have deviated from the truth. At Your coming, I want to be part of Your kingdom.

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