“Do this, knowing the time, that it is already the hour for you to awaken from sleep; for now salvation is nearer to us than when we believed.” Romans 13:11
You know that little light in your car that tells you it’s time to check your oil? If you are like me, you let out a little sigh of disgust for the interruption in your day. That light is important, though, as it reminds us it’s time to check our oil.
Jesus spoke in many different parables to convey the messages He poured into His peoples’ hearts. One concerned ten bridesmaids who took their lamps to meet the bridegroom, five of which were wise, and five were foolish. The foolish five did not take enough oil for their lamps, while the wise brought extra. While waiting for the bridegroom, they feel asleep, though shortly became startled when they saw the bridegroom arriving. The women busily scurried to light their lamps. The wise women instructed the foolish ones to go and buy some more oil, and as they did the bridegroom came already, and the wise women left with him for the marriage feast, behind a locked door. When the foolish women returned they cried, “Lord, open the door!” But he replied, “I don’t know you” (see Matthew chapter 25).
The bridegroom is Jesus Christ, and the oil represents that of our spiritual readiness for His return. Jesus said He will come like a thief in the night, (see Revelation 3:3) so sister, we must be prepared! What does being prepared for Jesus look like? It means we take careful consideration of how we are living our lives as bridesmaids awaiting the arrival of our bridegroom.
This means walking away from that tempting relationship which may lead you to sin. Giving up that life of sinful habits. Removing yourself from the situation that means living dishonestly. Staying away from that group of friends that leads you down the wrong path. Having your oil on hand, ready to light your lamp, when the arrival of your bridegroom has come.
Let me assure you my dear sister, nothing, and I do mean nothing is worth the separation from your Savior. There is no man, no sin, no drug, no temptation, nothing worth your soul. The time has come and we are called to be prepared for our bridegroom. Let us not be found asleep and without oil for our lamps. We are bold, daughters of Christ, and it’s time we shine our lamps brightly and be ready for the return of our loving Savior.
Prayer: Jesus, I ask that you awaken my soul this very day and ignite my fire for you. Help me to not grow lazy awaiting your arrival. I desire to be ready for You, Jesus. Strengthen me and give me the wisdom to flee from every temptation around me. Nothing is worth leaving You, Lord. In Jesus name, Amen.
Read: Luke 12:35-38, Matthew 24:42-43 and Hosea 10:12
Penned by Gabrielle Elisco