Death has become too common in Kenya today. Gone are the days when we used to meet death with shock and mourning. There is more death on TV than regular Omo and Sunlight adverts. The news is packed with dead bodies and and grisly scenes of people dying in hospital beds with arrows, bullets in them and machete/Panga cuts deep in their bodies. Friends this sight has come from scary to normal. Even the small kids see it as normal. If Mr. Death were to make an announced visit to church to church this Sunday, would you come?
Sad isn’t it?…
Mathew 25:1- (NIV)
1“At that time the kingdom of heaven will be like ten virgins who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom. 2Five of them were foolish and five were wise. 3The foolish ones took their lamps but did not take any oil with them. 4The wise, however, took oil in jars along with their lamps. 5The bridegroom was a long time in coming, and they all became drowsy and fell asleep.
6“At midnight the cry rang out: ‘Here’s the bridegroom! Come out to meet him!’
7“Then all the virgins woke up and trimmed their lamps. 8The foolish ones said to the wise, ‘Give us some of your oil; our lamps are going out.’
9” ‘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.’
10“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.
11“Later the others also came. ‘Sir! Sir!’ they said. ‘Open the door for us!’
12“But he replied, ‘I tell you the truth, I don’t know you.’
13“Therefore keep watch, because you do not know the day or the hour.
Mathew, also known as Levi was a disciple and previously a tax collector. He wrote the Gospel according to Mathew to establish that Jesus is the rightful king. That Jesus is the rightful air to the throne of heaven. There are 400 years between Malachi and Mathew thus this gospel connects the kingdom and the King.
Anyway in relation to the passage above, are you ready for the coming of the kingdom? Are you ready for the coming of the bridegroom? Are you ready to die and if you do where are you headed? Heaven or hell?
Take your time and memorize the passage below…
3“Blessed are the poor in spirit,
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
4Blessed are those who mourn,
for they will be comforted.
5Blessed are the meek,
for they will inherit the earth.
6Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness,
for they will be filled.
7Blessed are the merciful,
for they will be shown mercy.
8Blessed are the pure in heart,
for they will see God.
9Blessed are the peacemakers,
for they will be called sons of God.
10Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness,
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
11“Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. 12Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.
Imagine your close pal asked you if you where ready to die, what wold you think? What would roll round your head? I bet you would ask them who they think they are. Friends the truth is that you have to consider if you are ready to go to heaven… on the other hand you probably want time to see yourself get married, your kids grow, your grow gray hair… all in all live life to the fullest. You probably want Jesus to come and find you still energetic you want to have made headlines, met the prezo etc.
But the truth of the matter is that today might be your day, the situation in the country might get worse and your get arrowed or you might get knocked down by some rogue driver or you might just choke on your breakfast. Your house might be burnt down with you in it and many more… So when all is said and done, are you ready to die?
If you are not then what is it that you have not done? Think about it friend, you might be going to hell.
Philippians 1:22-24 (NIV)
22If I am to go on living in the body, this will mean fruitful labor for me. Yet what shall I choose? I do not know! 23I am torn between the two: I desire to depart and be with Christ, which is better by far; 24but it is more necessary for you that I remain in the body.
What is interrupting you on this earth? Have you repented? If all is well why would a man desire to die? what did Paul see (passage above) that we have not yet seen? Let us pray and strive to see life in the eyes of Paul because to be dead in the world is to be present with God.
We dread this though because we have not confessed, we have probably watched more moves than read the bible by far. Have you repented? Searched your mind to ask yourself what is in your thoughts because the truth is… DEATH IS A REALITY.
If we don’t pray and take care, civil war is eminent in this country… Let the truth be told.
How many of your folks have told you about how they hooked up, about th birds and the bees, about how probably pregnant your mom was before she married your dad? It was hard for them to be young in their days, imagine how it is now? Who are your role models? those Hollywood junkies who have never kept a marriage for more than a year?
Do you share your secret of success? I guess not. We live such hohe hahe lives. Matatus driven like mad nearly killing all the occupants and pedestrians and we still don’t seem to give a damn… where are we headed?
A college prof in bible school asks a class to prepare a sermon on the good samaritan. The prof asks the next door class to interrupt the would be preachers on the morning of their presentation. The alarm being there is a sick person who urgently need to be rushed to hospital. As each would be presenter is given the news he brushes it off and says he.she is late for a presentation. Finally they all refuse. the professor shocks them by failing them all since the good samaritan is about caring and no one cared about the sick person in the other class.
Friends do you have prayer partners or peeps who pray for you? Well if you don’t, you probably don’t pray for anyone at all yourself. Take stock, do you have true friends? Friends who are there for you and have spare oil in their lamps all the time? Don’t be like the five foolish brides who ran out of oil. Make sure you lamp is always full.
Are you praying? Are you safe? are you Saved, well if you are then you are ready but take note that safety is not in the absence of danger but in the presence of God. There are stories of Kalengin’s who hid Kikuyu’s in all this mayhem to save them from the wrath of their neighbors, some even had their houses burnt down but still kept the lives of their friends safe. Are you willing to do that for your brother in Christ? Do you have people who would lay down their lives for you? By the way, one chap who was saved is a frontrunner just like you. This fellow has opted to give up his job go to bible school and serve God for he has been given and second chance. Friends sacrifice for your friends in Christ, neighbors, college dorm roomies etc.
Once again I ask… are you in denial? Are you ready to exit? Have you thought about it? Well take note… IT’S A REALITY. It would be very unfortunate if had the opportunity to go to heaven and your lost it. No one can mane that step for you so the question to ponder on this week (Considering the Blog is early) is…
ARE YOU READY TO DIE?
Have a Thoughtful of life week
Jonathan Kathukya 🙂