In this parable we are introduced to ten women waiting for their groom. They didn't know the hour when he would come, and we also see that they prepared differently. Five had lamps filled with oil. The other five had lamps filled with oil and extra oil to last them the night. The five that didn't prepare wisely found themselves running out of oil. The five that were wise in their preparations found that they had enough oil to make it through the wait. The unprepared women were surprised to find out that no one else was going to prepare for them, so they were not ready when the groom came. The five that were prepared were able to leave with their groom and rejoice.
What does that mean for us today? Even though we have no idea when Jesus will return, we are told to be ready for whenever it may happen. We prepare ourselves by spending time in prayer and reading the Bible. I know that is something I say often, but I do not believe I can say it enough. We are prepared for the day when we start off our day with God. It is like filling our lamps and jars with oil. Don't you find it interesting that having oil for our lamps was used in this parable when Jesus had told the disciples earlier in Matthew that we were the light of the world? How can we possibly shine our lights if we are allowing ourselves to run out of oil? It takes preparation and purpose to live the life that shines God's light. And Jesus will be looking for those who are shining their lights in preparation for His return.
Fill your hearts with His truth - that is the way we prepare! Are you filling your lamps and jars with oil?
This post is linked with Sharing His Beauty.