DAY 239 OF 365 IN 2021
GET OIL IN YOUR LAMP
Matthew 25:2-4 And five of them were wise, and five were foolish. They that were foolish took their lamps, and took no oil with them:But the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps.
There are very many types of fuel: food, petrol, kerosene, nuclear, coal amongst others. There is therefore a specific fuel source for every device. Regardless however of the type in use, when a device runs out of fuel, it comes to a halt. Until the depleted fuel is replenished, one can expect the obvious, ‘no movement’.
We read about two sets of Virgins today, five classified wise and another five, foolish. Interestingly, there was just one criteria employed in this separation ‘the wise took flasks of oil together with their lamps while the foolish took just their lamps’. Therefore, faced with the same situation where the arrival of the bridegroom for whom they were waiting was delayed, the initial fuel run out and only the five with extra made it in.
Beloved, we cannot be heading out in search for oil when we ought to be trimming our lamps. Without oil in our lamps however, we cannot be the light we are called to be and we are unlikely to make it through the doors we are meant to enter. This is hard to dispute but without oil, any lamp is nothing more than just an empty vessel, for the oil is what powers the light.
For the Christian then, this question ought to linger for our continuous reflection:
What fuel keeps the light in my lamp lit?