"Daily Delight: Meditations from the Scriptures" by P.G. Mathew
The virgins who were ready went in with him to the wedding banquet. And the door was shut. —Matthew 25: 10
The parable of the ten virgins in Matthew 25 speaks about our need to be ready to meet Christ when he comes. No one knows the day or hour when this will happen. He will come suddenly, when no one expects it, like a thief in the night.
Therefore, it is vital that we be prepared for his return.
It is not easy to distinguish the foolish virgins from the wise ones in this parable, for there are many similarities.
All are virgins, all have torches, all sleep, and all awaken.
They all trim their torches when they hear the cry in the middle of the night.
They all intend to be in the procession and to feast with the bridegroom.
In the same way, in the visible church there are professing Christians who look like true believers.
Such professors confess Christ, carry Bibles, join the church, worship regularly, give money, and perform various religious duties.
Yet the truth is, they are not true believers.
They lack one essential ingredient.
-------> The crucial missing ingredient is oil, which represents the work of the Holy Spirit in the life of a believer.
This work results in sanctification,
------- by which we increasingly hate sin and increasingly love and do the will of God.
Preparation for Christ’s second coming does not consist in a life of passive watching and waiting.
Wise virgins are effectual and productive in their knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ. They daily search the Scriptures to know and do God’s will.
They are not engrossed in this world, but are always thinking about the world to come.
While others are eating, drinking, and relaxing, they are ever engaged in loving and serving God.
The foolish virgins never gave any forethought to their need for oil. Spiritually asleep, they enjoyed a false security. At their moment of need, they sought to borrow from the others, but they could not.
----> We cannot borrow a relationship with Christ from someone else.
----> Salvation is personal, based on a vital relationship with Jesus Christ that is lived out day by day.
On the last day, when the door is shut, it will be too late; but right now, the door is still open. I urge you to prepare today to meet God.
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