There is a very popular story in the book of Matthew, chapter 25 in the first 13 verses. The story is that of 10 virgins. Five were documented to be wise, and five reported to be foolish. Virginity talks about purity, chastity, righteousness, holiness, uprightness and those great qualities that describe someone of great character value. The question that begs for answer is, “Is it possible to be pure and foolish?”. Well, the Bible already answered the question in this amazing story –“Yes!” is the resounding answer!
There are a few things to learn from this story, and it lays a preamble into why wisdom is so critical to learn.
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A little simplistic Story
In a big class of 100 Students, the teacher announced his expectations, and requested that the students be quiet. The students however made noise and violated his expectations. He decides to punish them all! He asks them to kneel down, raise up their hands and close their eyes.
While all the eyes were closed, the teachers son, pleads with the teacher to please punish him severely for the errors of everyone in the class. He came to the class after they have erred and was faultless. He pleaded and received 100 strokes on behalf of everyone in class. The teacher announced that he could tell the students that they were free to go, that he had paid their price, for far they were willing to accept his substitution.
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We live in an Information Age! This means that the most important resource in the world today is information. Information is worth millions of dollars per gram! How did I know this? Simple, people have lost millions of dollars, just because they didn’t know very little information. A man in Congo sold a shiny glass for $100 while the European who bought it from him, found out information about the same piece of glass and sold it for $11m. The only difference was information! What we don’t know can kill us, while what we know can save us.
Many times we don’t value what we don’t know, but what we don’t know may be worth millions or simply worth our lives. What I want to share with you today is vital information. The type that can save lives and transform families. I just got into a new relationship, and this is a little teaser of more to come.
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Stop! You have travelled that road for a while now, but is it taking you to where you are going? Stop! When did you last take an audit of your life holistically? Are you really making progress? Stop! It’s insanity to increase speed, when direction is not sure. Stop! Take counsel, in the multitude of counsel, there is safety! Stop and think, thinking is work, but you need to discontinue what you are doing, and give 1 hour of serious thought to your future – on earth and eternally.
All is not lost!
Let me be brutally honest with you. There are areas in which we have slept, and there is a re-awakening in the spirit.
If in the last 1yr you have not been the reason for anyone following Christ, it simply means you are not following Christ. The proof of our follower-ship, is that we are also building followers for Christ. There is no amount of financing the gospel, ushering or cleaning chairs that frees you from that eternal responsibility. If in the last few years you have not been bearing fruit, you are still alive, all is not lost!
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“What do you want from me? Ask!”
A human being was asked that question by God! Wow! That’s the unlimited God, asking the limited man! That’s what they call opportunity beckoning. The owner of everything, originator of all things, creator of the heavens and the earth, asks a mortal man to ask, for whatever he wants from him.
Now pause and really think about this. Imagine you are the person who got this Blank check from God! What would you ask for? Think about it? What are your needs? Let me be frank with you, that opportunity has come before, and the chances that you already blew it are 99%!
Ok, let’s bring it home so you can see your answer. You are in church on Sunday, and a pastor is leading prayer, he asks you to pray for the nation, the church e.t.c. Then he rounds up at the end and says, this prayer is for you, ask God for that thing that you need! What did you pray for? Needs, Money, Family, Career, Breakthrough Promotions? You wasted the opportunity!
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“There are three conversions a person needs to experience: The conversion of the head, the conversion of the heart, and the conversion of the pocketbook.” – Martin Luther
It doesn’t make sense to live near the river and wash your hands with spit. It doesn’t make sense to live in the midst of abundance and die of hunger or poverty. It doesn’t make sense to have light, and grope around in the dark. Kindly bookmark this page, share with your friends and keep a tab on what is going on around you.
Our assignment is unique and simple, to build global leaders! These are people who will take or accept responsibility for being God’s representatives on their spheres of influence.
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90% of the people you meet and shake hands with fit into the classification of what God calls Foolish. You can go to church everyday of the week, shun sin, and live righteously and still be foolish. The parable of the 10 Virgins with 5 wise and 5 foolish makes this clear. You can be a righteous fool, just like you can be a foolish virgin. Wisdom is not being careful, being moderate or speaking queens English. Wisdom is how you run your affairs. Wisdom is operating with certain basic principles. You can be revered as a person of faith and be foolish. Wisdom is how you think once your mind is focusing on the long-term. The moment you are pressured into living for the moment or the day, your actions would be folly.
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