“Then the kingdom of heaven will be like this. Ten bridesmaids took their lamps and went to meet the bridegroom. Five of them were foolish, and five were wise. When the foolish took their lamps, they took no oil with them; but the wise took flasks of oil with their lamps.” – Matthew 25:1-4 NRSV
When contemplating my word for the year, Ready, I thought of this passage. I felt like I was in a period of waiting in my personal and professional life. In fact, I was in a period of readiness.
“Is it time to go yet?”
With two sons (5 and 7), I hear these words a lot in our house. Most of the time, the answer is “no”. When finally it is time to go to whatever fun activity my kids are anticipating, I will inevitably find them engrossed in a game, muddy, or missing their shoes. They have been waiting, but they’re not ready.
Waiting is inactive, passing time.
Ready is active, watchful, prepared.
At the end of the parable, the foolish bridesmaids miss out on the wedding feast, because they had to go buy more oil. They weren’t ready, they were just waiting.
If it feels like not much is going on, ask your self if you’re waiting or ready:
- Are you actively looking for what God is doing?
- Are you using your time for preparation?
- Are you spending the time mentally “awake” or “asleep”?
Jordan Dollar joined BBT in 2017 responding to God’s calling. Jordan has been involved in many facets of ministry, but has always embraced a coaching philosophy of empowering individuals to discover God’s leading in their own lives. Jordan has served in several pastoral and chaplaincy roles in churches, hospitals, and hospice. A graduate of Concordia University of Chicago and George W Truett Theological Seminary, Jordan did his undergraduate studies in English literature and philosophy before earning a Master of Divinity with a concentration in theology. He is married to his best friend from college, Lisa, they have two young boys and are active in Dayspring Baptist Church in Town and Country, Missouri.