It is one of my favourite parables that Jesus told his disciples. Through this parable, Jesus compares Christians with five wise and five foolish virgins and their preparations before going out to meet the bridegroom. This is my insight to this educative parable, I would like to read your insights too. Leave your insight on the parable below in the comment box.
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“Then the kingdom of heaven shall be likened to ten virgins who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom. Now five of them were wise, and five were foolish. Those who were foolish took their lamps and took no oil with them, but the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps. ”
Putting off sin that burdens our conscience gives us oil in our lamp. Vanity, honour-seeking, stinginess, all must be put off and crushed if our lamp is to give light. The five foolish are content with this. The one who is satisfied with his spiritual condition such as it is becomes one of these five. But the spirit searches much deeper. If you want to also have oil in your vessel, you must come to rest in your inner being so that you can hear the voice of the spirit. There he will give you light and show you the way. This is why it is vital to walk in the spirit, to acknowledge what he shows you ,and to Crush it. The five wise see the value of this “vessel life”; they love it , and they get oil in their lamps and in their vessels.
People can only see our lamp. They can not see the vessel, because it is hidden. They cannot distinguish between virgins, although they can see that some of the lamps have less oil and do not shine as brightly.
To overcome those sins where the spirit gives us deeper light in the hidden means that we are not doing our works to be seen, but because we love Jesus , and everything we do is for his glory and sake. If this is how we have it, we are truly wise. Then we will be ready when Jesus comes as a thief to fetch those who are ready. We will be clothed in white garments and be allowed to walk with Jesus, and He will confess our names before the father and his angels.
The lamps represent our confession of faith. They cannot shine without oil, and to obtain oil, something must be crushed. Lamps that brightly shine in life and teaching are desperately lacking. If my confession of faith is that I am to walk in the footsteps of Jesus. My lamp will not shine if I revile in return. But in order for me not to revile in return, something within me has to be crushed: My self-will and my honour. If it is crushed , my lamp will shine. Admitting that our human nature can take over and that we can be tempted is the way to the Holy Spirit to take over and guide us.
33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.
One day I attended the fellowship with my colleagues from Medical school and we had an inspiring and amazing visitor who is a doctor. He asked us the most difficult, but important question. He asked us what do we think is the most important thing in life. We started saying what we thought was the most important thing in our lives. He listened carefully to what we had to say and then told us what is the most important thing in his life. He said "The most important thing in life is eternal life. We can have all the wealth, skills and experiences. But having all of that does not give inner peace and true happiness. Seeking the kingdom and his righteousness first is the most important thing in life." I reflected on his words and realized that he is totally right. Sometimes we get caught up by the things of this world that we forgot the essential. All the wealth and possessions of this world we are living in are all gifts and trust from the Lord, we need to keep on cherishing those gifts but never forget who gave us all we had in the first place. It is important to hope for eternal life, but this is a reward intended for those who will have lived the life God wanted them to live. Let us seek him with all our hearts and with love. Everything else will fall into place.
Prayer starter: Dear Heavenly Father, remind me that I need to first seek your kingdom and righteousness. Give me wisdom and shine out the light that you gave me. I put off all my sins, vanity and honour seeking for your glory. I love you. In the name of Jesus Christ. Amen