My daughter is about to pop. She’s expecting her second child any day now and she wants everything ready. EVERYTHING!
All the bags must be packed with special outfits for the new baby and mommy, all forms signed, all furniture in place for when she comes home, the perfect car seat strapped in the car, the camera with fresh batteries and memory card, a gift for child number one so he’s not terribly jealous, oh and gifts for the nurses on duty, ……..
Did I leave anything out?
In order for her to have peace of mind, everything on the list must be checked off. Everything must be ready!
Matthew 25:1-13 NIV
10 “But while they were on their way to buy the oil, the bridegroom arrived. The virgins who were ready went in with him to the wedding banquet. And the door was shut.”
11 “Later the others also came. ‘Lord, Lord,’ they said, ‘open the door for us!’
12 “But he replied, ‘Truly I tell you, I don’t know you.’
13 “Therefore keep watch, because you do not know the day or the hour.
The Parable of the Ten Virgins is to me one of the saddest parables that Jesus told. It doesn’t involve any terribly wicked people; no one dies, no one loses any money, no one gets hurt. The entire focus is on the difference between five girls who were ready and five who were not.
You’ll have to read the entire parable to understand; you can click on the link here
As was typical with Jesus’ parables, there is symbolism used in the story; Jesus himself is the bridegroom. But who are the ten virgins and what do they represent? According to the culture of the time, they are probably bridesmaids waiting to meet the groom the night of the wedding. It was custom for each person to carry a lamp and we can assume that each girls’ lamp was full when they first arrived. But the groom took a long time to come and all of their oil burned out. Half of the girls had brought extra oil and half had not. I don’t know where you would go to buy oil in the middle of the night, but the ones without oil ran off to do so. Upon their return, the door was shut and they were not permitted into the party.
The ten girls represent people who are involved in the Christian church is some manner. The lesson is that there is more to being ready than just showing up for the party. There is more to being a true believer than just attending church on Sunday morning.
Gotquestions.org says this about the parable –
“The five virgins who have the extra oil represent the truly born again who are looking with eagerness to the coming of Christ. They have saving faith and have determined that, whatever occurs, be it lengthy time or adverse circumstances, when Jesus returns, they will be looking with eagerness. The five virgins without the oil represent false believers who enjoy the benefits of the Christian community without true love for Christ. They are more concerned about the party than about longing to see the bridegroom. Their hope is that their association with true believers (“give us some of your oil” of verse 8) will bring them into the kingdom at the end. This, of course, is never the case. One person’s faith in Jesus cannot save another.”
Read can read more of this article here: http://www.gotquestions.org/parable-ten-virgins.html#ixzz3XMIAHurk
It is the desire of Christ that everyone would have a strong, living, breathing faith in him and be ready to meet him whenever and however it occurs. But the sad truth is that many people don’t practice what they claim to believe. Others never give their life to Christ at all; they put it off, they procrastinate. They don’t want to think about that today or they’re too busy to focus on eternity. They feel no sense of urgency to prepare.
There is an urgency. Please prepare. Do not procrastinate.
If you are not sure of your future in eternity or have no idea what I’m talking about, please contact me or another Christian as soon as possible. If you are a church goer but don’t have any real convictions about Jesus, please look deep inside yourself. Take this moment to pray and ask Jesus to illuminate your heart so that you can truly believe. Then go talk to your pastor or someone else that you know has a strong faith. Don’t be left outside when the door to heaven is closed.