Most Christians are familiar with the parable of the ten virgins found in Matthew 25. They were together in waiting for the bridegroom, and the bridegroom was a long time in coming. Scripture says that all had a supply of oil. Five had an ample supply, and five had short supply. The five who had the short supply asked the five who had ample supplies to give them some of their oil. The five that had replied that if they gave them some of their supply, then they might not have enough to last until the bridgroom returned. So, the five who didn’t have enough went to purchase more. While they were gone, the bridegroom came and took the five virgins who were prepared with him and blocked the other five from joining them.
This is a truly sad story because for the five who lost out, it didn’t have to be that way. They could have been as diligent and prepared as the first five who were blessed to be with the bridegroom. God warns all of us through this parable that just following Jesus and living His way of life is not enough. All the virgins were potential brides. It takes personal commitment and diligence to successfully wait for Jesus to return. It takes being close to Him through prayer and Bible study. It takes being forcused on His way of life as opposed to being influenced by society when there’s a conflict.
Pastor G made an interesting comment about the virgins that I’d like to share with you. He said those that had ample supplies were prepared for the long haul, while those with short supplies were prepared only for the short haul. What about you? Are you amply supplied with what it spiritually takes to yield to God’s will in your life no matter what’s going on? Or will you only last for a short while before your spiritual light goes out or you miss out on being blessed to be with God for eternity?
You can make needed changes now so that you can indeed be part of the bride of Christ. Don’t wait until the dividing line in Revelation is drawn where God says “let him who is holy be holy still and let him who is unholy be unholy still.” You can examine yourself spiritually and make needed changes before it’s too late to do so.
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