WISE OR FOOLISH?
KEY SCRIPTURE: Matthew 25:1. Then shall the kingdom of heaven be likened unto ten virgins, which took their lamps, and went forth to meet the bridegroom.
The Lord gave a parable about some ten virgins who went to wait for a bridegroom who was to come at an unknown hour. This parable relates directly to the coming of our Lord Jesus, as the Church waits for him. The virgins are symbolic of waiting Christians. After the gathering of the saints unto the Lord (the rapture), there would be a big marriage supper of the lamb, with the church. Revelation 19:9. “And he saith unto me, Write, Blessed are they which are called unto the marriage supper of the Lamb. And he saith unto me, These are the true sayings of God. “Dear one would you be in this glorious marriage supper? The virgins, took their lamps to go and meet the bridegroom.
What is the symbol of the lamb? The lamb stands for their life or light that must keep shining always. Remember, the Lord asked us to let our light keep shinning Matt 5:16. When the believers light goes out it is a sign that he or she has fallen out of grace. The Holy Spirit is our agent of grace. He keeps our light burning. We need to be filled always. Ephesians 5:18. And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit; The Holy Spirit is the seal on the life of every Christian, proving that we belong to Christ. (Eph 1:13) He is also the guarantee or down payment for the ultimate possession by the Lord when He returns (Eph 1:14). A life devoid of him makes that person empty of any claim by the Lord. The bible said, those virgins were wise because they took extra oil. They were not casual Christians.
The foolish virgins took no extra oil. To take extra oil depends on your lifestyle. It is about how one uses his or her time. The bible talks about redeeming the time Ephesians 5:16. When one spends time praying, reading the scriptures and meditating on the scriptures, or joining other brethren in fellowship, he or she is investing her time in the Lord and will be filling up himself with the Spirit. The following verse in Ezekiel 2:2 says “] And the spirit entered into me when he spake unto me, and set me upon my feet, that I heard him that spake unto me. When the prophet heard the word, the Spirit entered into him. You must give attention to hearing the word. Those foolish virgins had no time for the things of the Spirit yet they were waiting for the bridegroom. Don’t be a casual believer.
THOUGHT: HAVING A TITLE AS A CHRISTIAN MEANS NOTHING, IT IS BEING A PRACTITIONER.
Matthew 5:16. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.
Ephesians 5:15-16. See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, Redeeming the time, because the days are evil.