these two parables are then followed by “The Judgment of the Nations.” Christ is trying to teach us the way. He’s trying to prepare us.
In the Parable of the Ten Virgins, we hear of ten virgins waiting for the bridegroom. The foolish ones brought no oil for their lamps, and as a result they were late to the wedding feast, causing them to be locked out. “Afterwards the other virgins came and said, ‘Lord, Lord, open the door for us!’ But he said in reply, ‘Amen, I say to you, I do not know you.’” (Matt 25:11-12)
“I do not know you.” These are the words that we certainly don’t want to hear from Christ when we meet Him. These are words that we can’t afford to hear!
In contrast, we have the Parable of the Talents, where three servants are given five, two, and one talent respectively. The servant who was given five, made five more. “Well done, my good and faithful servant. Since you were faithful in small matters, I will give you great responsibilities. Come, share your master’s joy.” (Matt 25:23)
“Come, share your master’s joy.” These are the words we absolutely want to hear!
These parables should light a fire under us that drives us to take action. And, it’s not just to do, but to know. Remember the bridegroom’s words: “I do not know you.” The fire that burns within us is to know Jesus.
Maybe it’s time to slow down. Sit with Christ. Know Him. Love Him. Then, serve Him.