“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. But while the bridegroom was delayed, they all slumbered and slept.
And at midnight a cry was heard: ‘Behold, the bridegroom is coming; go out to meet him!’ Then all those virgins arose and trimmed their lamps. And the foolish said to the wise, ‘Give us some of your oil, for our lamps are going out.’ But the wise answered, saying, ‘ No, lest there should not be enough for us and you; but go rather to those who sell, and buy for yourselves.’ And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came, and those who were ready went in with him to the wedding; and the door was shut.
Afterward the other virgins came also, saying, ‘Lord, Lord, open to us!’ But he answered and said, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, I do not know you.’
Watch therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour in which the Son of Man is coming.”
Matthew 25:1-13 NKJV
The parable of the ten virgins who were waiting for the bridegroom in Matthew 25: 1-13 has always intrigued me.Get this- they were all virgins, they all took lamps just in case the bridegroom came in the night, they all waited for him to arrive, they all fell asleep, but that is where the similarities end.
At midnight, the cry rang out: the bridegroom is coming. The virgins woke up and began to trim their lamps. The wise virgins had extra oil so their lights did not go out. The foolish virgins had to go to town to buy extra oil for their lamps because the wise ones did not have enough oil to share with them.
In their absence, the bridegroom arrived and THOSE WHO WERE READY went in with him, and the door was shut. When the other virgins returned, they asked the bridegroom to let them in. He gave this heart wrenching answer- I do not know you.
Moral of the story: Let the King find you ready when He arrives. Let him find your lamp brightly beaming when He gets here.
As we can tell from the story, good intentions, excuses and how long you have been waiting don’t count.
The bottom line is He is coming soon; may He find us ready when he gets here!