September 17, 2018

Matthew 25:1-3..Then shall the kingdom of heaven be likened unto ten virgins, which took took their lamps, and went forth to meet the bridegroom. And five of them were wise, and five were foolish. They that were foolish took their lamps, and took no oil with them. But the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps. While the bridegroom tarried, they all slumbered and slept.

This is one of the parables of Jesus, that reveals to us what the kingdom of heaven looks like. He likened it to situation that involves the bride and the bridegroom. The Bible told us that Jesus Christ is the bridegroom, and the church is the bride. The ten virgins are the servants of God who are diligently serving Him and also knowing that He is coming back to receive them, they are doing everything they could to be with Him when He comes. They have even set themselves apart from the world, they are not worldly and they are into the word, allowing the word (lamp) to guide them on this journey to meet the bridegroom. The Bible tells us that five of them were wise, while five of them were foolish. The two sets took lamp with them but the foolish ones did not take oil with them, while the wise ones took oil in their vessel with their lamp. None of them knew how long it would take the bridegroom to appear, but they were hopeful that it won’t be long. The wise ones were better prepared taking extra oil with them should in case he did not come as expected. The story continues to tell us that both of these groups waited and waited and slumbered and slept off, because the bridegroom tarried his coming. At midnight, there was a cry made to announce the arrival of the bridegroom, and each party had to trim their lamps, unfortunately the foolish ones’ lamps have gone out and they approached the wise ones to help, but they told them what they had would not be enough for both of them. The foolish ones had no choice but to start looking for oil to buy, and before they came back, the bridegroom had come and the wise ones had gone with him and the door was shut.

This parable is more appropriate now than when the Bible was written. The children of God had been told that Jesus would soon return and this year marked year 2018 (AD) after his death, resurrection, and ascension to heaven. We all are still waiting for his second coming. How should we prepare ourselves while we are in active service so that we will not miss him? I believe the difference between the foolish and the wise virgins is “wisdom”. The Bible says, “Wisdom is the principal thing, therefore get wisdom, and in your getting, get understanding” (Proverb 4:7). This goes to show that many of us might be exposed to the same truth, but the application might be different for individuals. If the word is not deeply rooted in them, they might just be superficial Christians, who know the word, but do not know how to apply it. The word needs to hang on faith to make it work. Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen (Hebrew 11:1) The word of God tells us we do not know when the Son of God shall come, therefore, those who have faith in his appearing should be watchful and be sober and be prayerful. We must not be caught in disobedience at any time, so we must live as if that day is the day of his coming. Preparing ourselves means constant renewal of our mind, asking God to search us if there is any iniquity in us that might hinder us from being with him, and also for God to help us get rid of them. He knows our hearts, thoughts, and our fears and He is the Only One that can reveal to us our shortcomings. As the Holy Spirit is speaking to us, wisdom helps us to adhere to his bidding. Wherever we need to make corrections, let us make it quickly, because we do not know what tomorrow holds. If we feel the urge of making some wrongs right, do not let us postpone it or put it off as if it is not necessary. Let us be obedient to the Holy Spirit (oil) in us, our disobedience to Him quenches the Holy Spirit.

Let us be wise Christians that are watchful and prayerful and let us make each day count. Let our hearts be pure and be free from the hassle of the world. The LORD will meet us ready for Him in Jesus Name, Amen.

Prayer…LORD, help us put you as our priority in everything we shall do, so that our minds can be centered on your word daily. Amen.

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