The Word of God tells us that it’s important to “work out your own salvation with fear and trembling” (Philippians chapter 2, verse 12). The Lord wants us to know God for ourselves and He wants a personal relationship with us, rather than religion. We know as believers that Jesus is coming back for his bride (the church) like a bridegroom for his wife.
There is a parable in the Bible that talks about the wise and foolish virgins. This story explains the importance of having your oil in your lamp of your life. To have oil is symbolic of the anointing or the Word of God.
How do you get oil in your lamp, or what does this mean? According to Matthew 25, there were five foolish virgins who were not ready for their bridegrooms. Their lamps were not burning or filled with oil (representing the Word of God). Do you read the Word of the Lord daily? Do you pray and have fellowship with the Father, the Son Yeshua (Jesus Christ) and the Holy Spirit? Do you have your OWN personal relationship? We must have our daily devotion time because that is where we can hear God’s voice through His written, living, breathing Word.
At that time the kingdom of heaven will be like ten virgins who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom. Five of them were foolish and five were wise. The foolish ones took their lamps but did not take any oil with them. The wise ones, however, took oil in jars along with their lamps. The bridegroom was a long time in coming, and they all became drowsy and fell asleep. (Matthew 25:1-5)
By reading God’s Word, we are filling our souls with the oil of the anointing in the Bible. I am speaking symbolically that if we eat the bread of life (the Word, which is spiritual food), and we drink the living water, we will be spiritually prepared for the return of Christ and the wedding supper of the lamb in eternity.
At midnight the cry rang out: “Here’s the bridegroom! Come out to meet him!” Then all the virgins woke up and trimmed their lamps. The foolish ones said to the wise, “Give us some of your oil; our lamps are going out.” “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.” But while they were on their way to buy the oil, the bridegroom (Jesus) arrived. The virgins who were ready went in with him to the wedding banquet. And the door was shut. Later the others also came. “Lord, Lord,” they said, “open the door for us!” But he replied, “Truly I tell you, I don’t know you.” Therefore keep watch, because you do not know the day or the hour.” (Matthew 25: 6-13)
We do not know the day, time or hour we will go home to be with our Father in heaven, with our Messiah Yeshua (Jesus Christ). We must always be ready and have oil in our lamps; we must remember to be filled with the Spirit and to resist the temptations of the flesh. I pray that you fill your mind with worship and God’s Holy Word, the Bible (the Old and New Testaments), and stay connected to the body of Christ (the believers and the bride).
PI Girls, how can we pray for you? Do you do a daily devotion or spend time in God’s presence regularly? Comment below!