This is Michael Link and I have been looking at the last few things Jesus taught prior to His crucifixion. For this prayercast, I will be focusing on Matthew 25:1-13 – the parable of the ten virgins.
“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.
“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 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.
All 10 were virgins and had therefore set themselves aside in purity as they waited for the Bridegroom. Yet only half of them were prepared for the Bridegroom. The 5 foolish ones were present and had their lamps burning just like the 5 wise ones. Yet only the wise ones were truly prepared. Clearly, Jesus is sharing this parable as a warning to many who had greeted him like a coming king, but would soon be demanding His innocent blood. Even today, it can be relatively easy to look like a Christian and be present but not truly prepared. I think of the increased spiritual focus many have at Easter. We need to pray that they would come to seek their salvation from Christ alone. Salvation comes not from rubbing shoulders (or borrowing oil) from the faithful or religious acts and attendance. We need to pray that a semi-annual service would not just make lost people feel good and inoculate them to the gospel, but that they would be convicted of their sin and their need for a Savior.
Personally, I have been applying this concept to my own life. Am I present but not prepared to meet Jesus and see Him at work in my home, my fellowship and my occupation? Or am I prepared and keeping watch to meet him in the everyday moments of life? Please pray that we, as God’s people, would not miss Him when He is alive and present amongst us!