Then shall the kingdom of heaven be likened unto ten virgins, which 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. And at midnight there was a cry made, Behold, the bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet him. Then all those virgins arose, and trimmed their lamps. And the foolish said unto the wise, Give us of your oil; for our lamps are gone out. But the wise answered, saying, Not so; lest there be not enough for us and you: but go ye rather to them that sell, and buy for yourselves. And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came; and they that were ready went in with him to the marriage: and the door was shut. Afterward came also the other virgins, saying, Lord, Lord, open to us. But he answered and said, Verily I say unto you, I know you not. Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man cometh. -Matthew 25:1-13
The above scripture is often called “The Parable of the Ten Virgins.” Here, Jesus is speaking of being ready for the the return of the Bridegroom, which is Jesus Christ, Himself. This parable is telling us to always be looking; to always be ready. As the Church, we are the bride of Christ. The return of Jesus is imminent. This word simply means “any minute.”
The five foolish virgins asked the others for oil and the others wouldn’t give them any. This shows that you can’t get “in” on someone else’s coat tails. The Scripture tells us that we must “work out your own salvation with fear and trembling” (Philippians 2:12).
Now, I could help lead you or point you in the right direction… but it falls completely on your own shoulders; you have to make your own decision and KNOW that you’re prepared. The Lord made it pretty easy for us to be prepared. All we have to do is accept Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior, confess our sins and turn away from them to follow Him and BELIEVE.
Some teach that the oil could represents the Holy Spirit. We believe that when we accept Christ, the Holy Spirit enters us.
There may not be a visible difference between the Christian that is ready and the professing person that never truly believed. You can read The Parable of the Wheat and the Tares. There is no difference in the appearance of the wheat and the weed, but there’s nothing on the inside of the tare. Also see the scripture where Jesus tells us that there will be some that will be rejected because He never knew them.
So, are you ready? Do you know without a shadow of a doubt that you are ready for His return, or are you like the five foolish virgins and not be ready?
I believe that, with the way things are going today, that we may be closer than you think. Don’t be caught unaware!!!
Until next time…
Steven Walker Sr.