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I remember when I was in school. We had to take standardized tests like the SAT or the ACT in order to get into college.  These tests are taken very seriously. There are so many rules and guidelines to follow.  Each section of the test was timed.  I had to use a number two pencil.  If I did not use a number two pencil, the machine used to grade my test may not have detected my answers.  It was suggested that I bring two number two pencils, in the event that one of my pencils broke.  Once the test started, there was no talking. If I had questions, I had to ask them prior to the start of the test. Also, I had to be on time.  Once the door was closed, no one was permitted to enter.  The reason why all of these instructions were given prior to taking the test is that they wanted me to be prepared.  If I was unprepared, I may not have been allowed to take the test, and I would not have been permitted to enter college.

Just like I had to be prepared before entering into college, I also have to be prepared before entering into the kingdom of God.  By reading our bible, God gives us instructions on how to be ready for Jesus’ return.  I know that it can be difficult to understand the bible.  Honestly, as an adult, I find it hard to understand the bible at times.  I discovered that study bibles are very helpful. Did you know that different types of study bibles exist? They even have them based on your age group.  These study bibles are easy to read and help you apply God’s word to the things you are going through.  The Parable of the Wise and Foolish Virgins, found in Matthew 25:1-13, speaks of the value of being prepared and the consequences of being unprepared.  Are you prepared to enter into the kingdom of heaven?  What are some other things you can do to prepare for the return of Jesus Christ?  Are there ways you can help others prepare for His return?  When you are young, it is easy to think that you have a long time to get prepared for the return of Jesus, but the scripture says in Matthew 25:13, “Watch therefore, you know neither the day nor the hour in which the Son of Man is coming”.

-Levita Harris, CCE Contributor

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