“Then the kingdom of heaven will be comparable to ten virgins, who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom.” Matthew 25:1
I love this Parable and I encourage all of you to open your bible and carefully read through the whole story. verse 1-13
Five of the virgins were wise and had their lamps filled with oil and had taken extra in case they had to wait far into the night for the bridegroom to come.
The other five carried their lamps, but had not taken extra oil with them and made no attempt to get any until it was too late.
In this parable it is carefully illustrated for us, that we must be ready when Christ returns.
The five foolish virgins had lamps just like the others, so they looked the same. When the bridegroom was delayed they all fell asleep. But at midnight when they heard the shout that he was approaching they all woke up and trimmed their lamps.
But the five foolish maidens tried to trim their lamps and realized they had no oil left. When they asked to borrow some from the prudent virgins the answer was no because there was not enough.
Maybe you have been a christian for a long time. At first your lamp was burning bright and you were excited about your faith, but over the years through heartache and disappointment you have let the oil in your lamp run out.
The lamp symbolizes the word of God, it will be the light to your path throughout your life. You must keep your lamp filled at all times.
Psalm 119:105 ” Thy word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path.
At the end of the story the five who had no oil left went out to get some. When they returned, the door was locked. The bridegroom had already come and taken his bride. They called ” Lord! Lord! open the door for us!”
But he called back, “I don’t know you.”
My heart aches at those words.
They were missing the most important element, a true relationship with God. They needed to keep their lamps lit at all times with the truth of God’s word.
when we let the oil in our lamp run out we are left in spiritual darkness.
It doesn’t matter what you look like to others, your religious practices won’t get you in the door. You can say the sinner’s prayer and look the part, but Is your lamp filled with love, joy, peace, and hope of the coming of the Lord?
Do you wait and watch diligently for the return of your bridegroom while keeping your lamp trimmed and burning?
Is your heart desperate for his coming?
Do you find yourself seeking him, sharing his love with those around you?
Is your life filled with hope and a readiness for all that he has for you.
Jesus came and shed his blood to purchase us, his bride.
He has gone away and is coming back soon.
It is frightening to think those words “I don’t know you” will be spoken to some.
You can have the whole world fooled by carrying a lamp, but you can’t fool God.
He sees your heart and he knows who belongs to him.
What’s in your lamp?
Have you trusted Christ to be your Lord and Savior? Does he govern your life and with every step you take do you desire more of Him?
I sure hope so.
But if today you find yourself wondering if those words will be spoken to you, then now is the time to get your lamp ready and filled with the things of God.
Don’t be like the foolish maidens who waited till it was too late.
Today is the day of salvation 2 Corinthians 6:2
Father God, Forgive me for my sins, I know that you are the only way to heaven and I ask that you come and live in my heart. Teach me what it means to have a lamp that is filled. Help me as I learn to walk with you and trust you as I wait for your return. In Jesus name I pray amen.
If you have prayed this prayer, I’d love to hear from you.
I want to encourage you to get connected with a church that will teach you the word of God. A place where you can connect with people that can help you walk out your faith and be ready for his return.
“For you too must keep watch, for you do not know the day or the hour of my return.” Matthew 25:13
Trusting God for your redemption.
Praying for you,