Be Still . . .
Devotionals for Daily Living ©
Lest you be wise in your own sight, I do not want you to be unaware of this mystery, brothers: a partial hardening has come upon Israel, until the fullness of the Gentiles has come in.
(Romans 11:25 (ESV))
What do you think of when you hear the word “full?”
Most of us associate this word with our appetites. We have no more room for anything else. We have taken in as much as we can possibly contain. Our appetite has been completely satisfied. If that is the case, then fullness, by definition, is simply the state of being full.
How does this relate to this passage? What does the fullness of the Gentiles imply?
I have never given this passage much thought beyond the obvious indications that God will change His focus back to Israel after the fullness of the Gentiles occurs. With all of the events that are transpiring in the world that many believe are direct fulfillment of prophecy, my attention was brought back to this passage. What happens if we are caught on the wrong side of the fullness of the Gentiles? I was instantly led to this parable of the ten virgins.
At that time the kingdom of heaven will be like ten virgins who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom. Five of them were foolish and five were wise. The foolish ones took their lamps but did not take any oil with them. The wise ones, however, took oil in jars along with their lamps. The bridegroom was a long time in coming, and they all became drowsy and fell asleep.
At midnight the cry rang out: “Here’s the bridegroom! Come out to meet him!”
Then all the virgins woke up and trimmed their lamps. The foolish ones said to the wise, “Give us some of your oil; our lamps are going out.”
“No,” they replied, “there may not be enough for both us and you. Instead, go to those who sell oil and buy some for yourselves.”
But while they were on their way to buy the oil, the bridegroom arrived. The virgins who were ready went in with him to the wedding banquet. And the door was shut.
Later the others also came. “Lord, Lord,” they said, “open the door for us!”
But he replied, “Truly I tell you, I don’t know you.’
Therefore keep watch, because you do not know the day or the hour.
(Matthew 25:1-13 (NIV))
Biblical scholars have been studying these words for a long time. There are differing opinions on the text and what they mean, but I simply want to ask one question. What is keeping you from accepting Jesus as your personal Lord and Savior? Whether it be the possible fullness of the Gentiles, Jesus’ return, or your own mortality, now is the time to repent and accept the gift of grace that is freely given through the cross. It is as easy as ABC.
A is for admit that you are a sinner in need of a savior.
B is for believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died for your sins, was buried, and that God raised Him from the dead.
C is for call upon the name of the Lord Jesus.
Don’t wait any longer to accept Jesus!