Intimately Redeeming the Time
Based upon the analytic parable Jesus said, “They that were foolish took their lamps, and took no oil with them: 4But the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps. 5While the bridegroom tarried, they all slumbered and slept. 6And at midnight there was a cry made, Behold, the bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet him. 7Then all those virgins arose, and trimmed their lamps. 8And the foolish said unto the wise, Give us of your oil; for our lamps are gone out. 9But the wise answered, saying, Not so; lest there be not enough for us and you: but go ye rather to them that sell, and buy for yourselves. 10And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came; and they that were ready went in with him to the marriage: and the door was shut. 11Afterward came also the other virgins, saying, Lord, Lord, open to us” (Matthew 25:1-11).
A glaring mistake was made by the five foolish virgins that is a common phenomenon today. Not only did they fail to properly prepare, they wanted their wise sisters to put themselves in a risky situation because of their faulty prep-work. More importantly they attempted to mimic the prepared women. However, the unprepared cannot do that of the prepared; they are at separate levels, requiring different steps and procedures to generate success. As the bridegroom was late in his town arrival, the ten women went to sleep. Sleeping is a natural part of life, but is not to be engaged at the expense of procrastination and irresponsibility. The five wise virgins could afford to go to sleep because they were prepared to meet the bridegroom. They had all the oil they needed to keep their lights shining bright. Too many people are trying be what they are not, only because they have not done the necessary work to be in the proper position, yet trying to do what they see others doing. Instead of sleeping like the five wise virgins, the five foolish virgins should have been out purchasing oil, making themselves fully ready for the event. Instead they went to sleep like the prepared women, while being unprepared. Do not get caught spiritually unprepared. Redeem the time and handle what needs to be done before the return of Christ. Do not be found sleeping on the job, simply to end up missing out on the huge reward. Remember who you are and reflectively redeem the time. You are the clay In the Potter’s Hands. God has paved a way to save and comfort you today!