We've heard it ever so often - the story of the five wise and five foolish virgins who await the coming of the bridegroom.
In this story, each virgin was responsible to have enough oil for HERSELF. The oil was an essential part of each virgin's own preparation.
Having enough of her OWN oil for her OWN lamp as she waited meant that she had carefully and wisely made preparation in order to be received and accepted by the Bridegroom.
One of the biggest misconceptions that we often hear concerning the oil (anointing) of God is making the oil an exhibit as if it is for others more than it is for YOURSELF. No, my oil is for ME. Your oil is for YOU.
This parable clearly reveals that truth. Though there is obvious direct benefit for those who are around, in this particular story, the bridegroom never directs the wise virgins to share their oil with the foolish.
The Bridegroom seeks a virgin who has secured their oil and trimmed their lamp and who readily and eagerly awaits His coming.
The oil is to light a flame in your own heart and keep your own heart burning ablaze in the return of our Bridegroom, Christ.
If you haven't read Matthew 25:1-13, I encourage you to do so. If you have read it, I encourage you to read it again and inquire of the Lord new insight concerning it.
Here are a few questions to consider when reading it:
Why did Jesus share this parable, and what wisdom did He want me to receive?
What good is it to have the vessel but no oil for it?
What can I practically apply to my life that would distinguish me from being foolish?
I ask myself this question: What kind of virgin am I? Let' us each and, in turn, all, be ready.