All weekend long a pass of Scripture has been on my heart. I had to repeatedly pray and read about it several times. Then literally revelation was give five minutes ago (6:10am).
In reading God’s Word, I’ve always been one to wonder about the before and after. Typically, I wouldn’t put this long of a passage on here, but I think today, it’s necessary. I was reading Matthew 25, and it says this:
Matthew 25:1-13 NIV
“At that time the kingdom of heaven will be like ten virgins who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom. Five of them were foolish and five were wise. The foolish ones took their lamps but did not take any oil with them. The wise ones, however, took oil in jars along with their lamps. The bridegroom was a long time in coming, and they all became drowsy and fell asleep. “At midnight the cry rang out: ‘Here’s the bridegroom! Come out to meet him!’ “Then all the virgins woke up and trimmed their lamps. The foolish ones said to the wise, ‘Give us some of your oil; our lamps are going out.’ “ ‘No,’ they replied, ‘there may not be enough for both us and you. Instead, go to those who sell oil and buy some for yourselves.’ “But while they were on their way to buy the oil, the bridegroom arrived. The virgins who were ready went in with him to the wedding banquet. And the door was shut. “Later the others also came. ‘Lord, Lord,’ they said, ‘open the door for us!’ “But he replied, ‘Truly I tell you, I don’t know you.’ “Therefore keep watch, because you do not know the day or the hour.
This is referring to the end time, the return of Jesus Christ, and being prepared for it. Now, in this passage their were ten virgins waiting on the bridegroom, five were prepared and five weren’t. Again, I think about the before and after. With that, this question came to mind: Did it occur to the prepared five in all their “wisdom”, to aid the unprepared five prior to the journey? Keep in mind, I usually don’t deal with hypothetical or speculations, but I couldn’t help but wonder. Did they at any point make the suggestion, “You might want to take some extra oil for your lamps.”
What am I saying? I don’t know anything for certain other than what was written. But what I can say is this: God gives us opportunities for ministry. It may not be some grand event or venue. It may be what seems a random, minute moment in your existence, but a life changing experience to the person it is shared with. Don’t miss your opportunity to invest in others with your prayers and wisdom, your thoughts and concerns. Don’t miss your opportunity to notice someone, showing them that they do in fact matter. Call, text, write a letter, and or stop by. Someone needs you. I’ll leave you with this:
Proverbs 25:11 NLT
Timely advice is lovely, like golden apples in a silver basket.
I truly love you, be blessed