“The five who were foolish didn’t take enough olive oil for their lamps, but the other five were wise enough to take along extra oil.”
Matthew 25:3-4 (NLT)
Sunday’s lesson reminded us that the 5 Wise Bridesmaids brought extra oil for their lamp, while the 5 Foolish Bridesmaids did not. When the bridegroom arrived later than expected, the bridesmaids with insufficient oil in their lamp were left behind. Isn’t it interesting that Jesus would use such an analogy to speak to the Kingdom of Heaven?
Coming into union with God is a heavenly experience. Yet there are requirements that must be fulfilled prior to the union experience. So it was for the bridesmaids. The requirement of oil in the lamp would ensure admittance to the bridal feast. 5 bridesmaids missed the mark.
How often do we seek to unite with our good when we have not fulfilled the requirements for doing so? Like the Foolish Bridesmaids we, too, want to borrow what another has in order to improve our chances of attaining our desires. What we learn for sure is this: There is no shortcut into the Kingdom of Heaven. Every soul must stand on its ‘own two spiritual feet.’
I cannot stress enough that 10 Bridesmaids received an invitation from the bridegroom. However, only 5 met the requirements and were able to enter the wedding feast. Take some time this week and ponder what is required of you if you are to experience the happiness, peace, love, joy, health and wealth that only God gives? Ask: What is required of me to live an enriching and more fulfilling life? Listen for your answer. If 5 of the bridesmaids could listen to their still small voice and bring extra oil for their lamp, then the other 5 bridesmaids could have done so as well.
The lesson here is that God has equipped us all to live in union with Omnipresence, Omnipotence and Omniscience every single moment of the day. The question is: Are we receptive to God’s voice and obedient to God’s will?