Got Enough Oil?



“Then the Kingdom of Heaven will be like ten bridesmaids who took their lamps and went to meet the bridegroom.  Five of them were foolish, and five were wise.  The five who were foolish didn’t take enough olive oil for their lamps, but the other five were wise enough to take along extra oil.  When the bridegroom was delayed, they all became drowsy and fell asleep.  At midnight they were roused by the shout, ‘Look, the bridegroom is coming! Come out and meet him!’  All the bridesmaids got up and prepared their lamps.  Then the five foolish ones asked the others, ‘Please give us some of your oil because our lamps are going out.’  But the others replied, ‘We don’t have enough for all of us. Go to a shop and buy some for yourselves.’  But while they were gone to buy oil, the bridegroom came. Then those who were ready went in with him to the marriage feast, and the door was locked.  Later, when the other five bridesmaids returned, they stood outside, calling, ‘Lord! Lord! Open the door for us!’  But he called back, ‘Believe me, I don’t know you!’  So you, too, must keep watch! For you do not know the day or hour of my return.” -Matthew 25:1-13

When it comes to preparation for Jesus’s return, whom are you like? The five foolish virgins who didn’t bring enough oil or the other five who thought ahead and brought more than enough in case there was a delay of the groom coming. We cannot be like the foolish ones who didn’t think ahead and not be prepared for unforeseeable circumstances.

In the case of not being prepared, we will have to scramble, run around trying to make things right, getting what was needed that we should’ve had in the first place. When we are not ready, we will miss opportunities. We will miss the out on the good things God has for us when we are lazy and foolish.

Jesus will come when we least expect Him. We have to think ahead like the 5 virgins, being prepared for what is going to happen.

Jesus IS coming back.  Are you ready?

Ruth Strait
Vice President,  Thread of Hope, Inc

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