Sunday, May 31st, 2015
Trailblazers (Part 13)
Pack Extra Oil
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)
As trailblazers for Jesus, actors, models and talent for Christ must carry bright light: bright enough to blaze on stages and screens; bright enough to reach broadening circles; bright enough to go the distance right now.
Because right now our world is very dark. Most of God's people are sleeping, and half of us are unprepared.
In Matthew 25, we find The Parable of the Ten Virgins, The Parable of the Talents, and God's eternal judgment criteria.* These crucial teachings call to us. They stand among His last Words. Were they meant for last of times before His return? I believe so.
So who are the virgins? Hopefully, us, His church, the bride of Christ. In the Parable, ten sleeping virgins are called. All awaken. Half are ready to go. Half are unprepared. They didn't have enough oil, and faced a disastrous result: exclusion.
So what is the oil?** Bible scholars debate its meaning. Some say is it the depth of our faith; others say it's God's Holy Spirit. Both say, the unexpected arrival of Day of the Lord will divide the sheep from the goats and hypocrites from believers.
Now consider Timothy: the young prodigy discipled by Paul. Apparently, Timothy was hit by fear. Perhaps his faith was shaken. Perhaps he was too timid to share the Gospel or embarrassed by Paul's imprisonment. Among the first Words in Paul's second Letter to Timothy are these:
'Kindle afresh the gift of God which is in you' (2 Timothy 1:6).*** Was Timothy low on oil? Paul told him to renew it: 'What you heard from me, keep as the pattern of sound teaching, with faith and love in Christ Jesus. Guard the good deposit that was entrusted to you--guard it with the help of the Holy Spirit Who lives in us' (v.13-14).
In other words, go back to His Word to be filled in faith with the help of His Holy Spirit.
To Be Continued...
* Matthew 25: https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=mat+25&version=NKJV
** Short article: What is the Meaning of the Parable of Ten Virgins?: http://www.gotquestions.org/parable-ten-virgins.html
*** 2 Timothy 1: https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=2%20timothy%201&version=NASB
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Trailblazers series.