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Extra Oil

Topic: Extra Oil

Scripture Reading: Matthew 25:1-13

Main Text
Matthew 25:1-13

'Then the kingdom of heaven shall be likened to ten virgins who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom. Now five of them were wise, and five were foolish. Those who were foolish took their lamps and took no oil with them, but the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps. But while the bridegroom was delayed, they all slumbered and slept.
“And at midnight a cry was heard: ‘Behold, the bridegroom is coming; go out to meet him!’ Then all those virgins arose and trimmed their lamps. And the foolish said to the wise, ‘Give us some of your oil, for our lamps are going out.’
But the wise answered, saying, ‘No, lest there should not be enough for us and you; but go rather to those who sell, and buy for yourselves.’ And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came, and those who were ready went in with him to the wedding; and the door was shut.
“Afterward the other virgins came also, saying, ‘Lord, Lord, open to us!’ But he answered and said, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, I do not know you.’
“Watch therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour in which the Son of Man is coming.'

The Prince of Wales was on a visit to the Midlands, and dropped into a workingman’s home. Next day the man told his friends, “I never expected him, nor did my wife. The house was untidy, and I hadn’t washed. We shall never forgive ourselves. If we had known he was coming, we should have been ready for him.”

This parable is for those who claim some attachment to Christ and who profess some allegiance to Him. Your readiness at all times is very important. Your true faith in Christ is what will preserve you as you wait upon Him even as the 'extra oil' secured a place for the wise virgins though they were all virgins with a similar purpose.

Consider those young women. They thought they were his friends to the very end. They were never his enemies and they thought they were ready to meet him but they weren’t. In the same way many religious people will be tragically surprised in that day when they present outward righteousness and inward emptiness only to hear the Lord say, “I never knew you.”

Some people will find out the value of Christ too late. They will suddenly realize how wrong they’ve been, but the door will already be shut. The world will one day declare that the followers of Christ made a wise decision. Today the door of salvation is wide open. Someday it will be shut forever. Make sure you are on the right side of the door when that day comes. Selah

Prayer:
Pray for a renewed heart to the very end in Jesus' mighty name. Amen

Tell a neighbour about Jesus Christ today. Blessings!
Shalom