By: Katie Runnels
The Parable of the Ten Virgins
“At that time the kingdom of heaven will be like ten virgins who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom. 2 Five of them were foolish and five were wise. 3 The foolish ones took their lamps but did not take any oil with them. 4 The wise ones, however, took oil in jars along with their lamps. 5 The bridegroom was a long time in coming, and they all became drowsy and fell asleep.
6 “At midnight the cry rang out: ‘Here’s the bridegroom! Come out to meet him!’
7 “Then all the virgins woke up and trimmed their lamps. 8 The foolish ones said to the wise, ‘Give us some of your oil; our lamps are going out.’
9 “‘No,’ they replied, ‘there may not be enough for both us and you. Instead, go to those who sell oil and buy some for yourselves.’
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.
According to Christ, God wants to party with us! He is going to come get us for a great celebration, but we do not no exactly when that is…. In order for us to go to that party with Christ, we have to keep our “lamps lit.” As portrayed in the story of the virgins, we have to make sure we have enough oil so that our lights are bright when He comes. If our light is burned out when he invites us, then we will not be able to join in that particular celebration.
We are responsible for keeping our light “lit.” If our light is not lit, we will miss “Jesus” (the bridegroom) when it is time for the ceremony and celebration. Keeping our lamps lit and being ready for the celebration are synonymous. So, in order for us to enter into the most sacred and joyous of all celebrations, we must take do our part to keep our light shining! It is only when we are shining that we are ready for the party in “the kingdom.”
So what is our oil? How do we keep our lamps lit? The oil is the fuel: the food for the light. And Jesus tells us that our fuel is not bread alone, but every word that comes out of the mouth of God (Jesus Christ). So we must heed the words of Christ and digest them so much that our light remains alive and lit—for the world to see. The more we eat Christ’s words, the brighter we will become, and the more prepared we will be for that union with Christ in the spirit (the kingdom).
Prayer: Help me, Lord, to digest the words of Christ on a daily basis. And may my lamp always be shining.