Friday: 30th August, 2019

Reference text: Matthew 25:1-13

Matthew 25:9 “‘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.’

‘Someone who is selfish only thinks of their own advantage’: on the basis of this definition alone, it is clear that the group of five wise virgins could be described as selfish. Their companions requested for some of their oil, probably just a little to keep their lamps burning until the bridegroom arrived. But their answer was ‘Sorry we do not have enough to share so get some for yourself’

What is rather unusual is that in these circumstances, the five who are called ‘foolish’ did not make a further appeal but went out to buy some oil for their lamps and unfortunately missed out on the reason they had come out – to meet the bridegroom. While I can happily commend the wise five for the suggestion they offered, it is hard to do so for their suggestion led to a missed opportunity.

Regardless, they teach an important lesson in life, the fact that not everything can be done for you by another. For some things, you can only be pointed in the right direction, but execution has to come from you. Just as you can be prayed for or preached to but have to make your own confession to salvation, your role in some situations won’t be okay in the backseat. For some, you will have to get into the driving seat yourself. Sweetheart, that is just life and one of its many lessons.


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