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Read Matthew 25:1-13


Read Matthew 25:1-13

“At that time the Kingdom of heaven will be like this. Once there were ten young women who took their oil lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom. 2Five of them were foolish, and the other five were wise. 3The foolish ones took their lamps but did not take any extra oil with them, 4while the wise ones took containers full of oil for their lamps. 5The bridegroom was late in coming, so the women began to nod and fall asleep.

6 “It was already midnight when the cry rang out, ‘Here is the bridegroom! Come and meet him!’ 7The ten women woke up and trimmed their lamps. 8Then the foolish ones said to the wise ones, ‘Let us have some of your oil, because our lamps are going out.’ 9‘No, indeed,’ the wise ones answered, ‘there is not enough for you and for us. Go to the shop and buy some for yourselves.’ 10So the foolish women went off to buy some oil; and while they were gone, the bridegroom arrived. The five who were ready went in with him to the wedding feast, and the door was closed.

11 “Later the other women arrived. ‘Sir, sir! Let us in!’ they cried out. 12‘Certainly not! I don’t know you,’ the bridegroom answered.”

13 And Jesus concluded, “Be on your guard, then, because you do not know the day or the hour.


In Revelation burning lamps represent the presence and the life of a Church.  Remember the threat to the church at Ephesus: "I will come back and take away your lampstand."  To keep our lamps lit is to always be focussed on God, to always be serving him, and living in such a way that we earnestly look forward to the day of Christ's return.


I am not sure I always carry as much 'oil' as I need.  I try to get by with the least possible when you invite me to burn.  Fill me with your Holy Spirit, shine through me -- and surround me with friends who will share your oil.

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