We continue this devotional with thoughts from the parable of the ten virgins in Matthew 25:1-13. Jesus spoke of the ten virgins who were, at one point, ready to meet the bridegroom; but due to thoughtlessness, five of them had run out of oil in their lamps. When the foolish virgins ran out of oil, they immediately went to the wise virgins who had oil and asked for some of theirs. The wise virgins answered, “There will not be enough for us and for you. Go instead to the dealers and buy for yourselves.” Verse 9 (Amp.)
The answer from the wise virgins seems harsh and uncompassionate, but I personally believe they were heartbroken to have to tell the foolish virgins they could not give them oil. They all knew the consequences would be tragic if the bridegroom would come and they were not where they should be. Many people know what the consequences can be if they are not ready for Christ’s return, yet they continue in their own ways. It is foolish living to ignore that we need the oil, Holy Spirit, in our lives every moment of every day. The only person we can go to and receive the oil we need is Jesus. The five foolish virgins went to the five wise virgins, but they could not get what they needed from them. Get this statement in your spirit. We cannot go to a human place to get what only God can provide. I believe our relationships with other believers are of utmost importance. Accountability with another believer is essential. Praying with another believer is powerful. But when it comes to our spiritual health and well being, Jesus Christ is our Source. Holy Spirit is not given by any man. Jesus is the Baptizer of the Holy Spirit. There is a lot of self promotion taking place in the Body of Christ today, and gullible, undisciplined believers fall head over heels into how great a man is rather than how great Jesus is. It is a subtle attempt of the enemy to distract us from Christ.
Notice in Verse 9 (Amp.) the wise virgins tell the foolish virgins to “Go instead to the dealers and buy for yourselves.” When it comes to receiving Christ, we go directly to Him. We need not go through man. 1st John 2:1 explains there is one advocate with the Father and that is Jesus Christ. The principle truth is the same in receiving the oil of Holy Spirit. We go directly to Jesus and Holy Spirit will pour Himself into us and upon us. In the Book of Acts, we see Peter and John laying hands on others and they received Holy Spirit, but Peter and John were only instruments to be used of Christ for Holy Spirit to flow through them. When man elevates himself from being an instrument of giving to being the Giver, then pride has entered in and destruction will come. Note as well that it is the Holy Spirit that gives the gifts as He wills (1st Corinthians 12:11). No man can impart to you any spiritual gift. The actual gift comes from God Himself. Again, man can agree with you in prayer, but it is God that gives the gifts.
Let us note the word “Buy.” In our language today when we read that the wise told the foolish “go to the dealers and buy for yourselves,” we would think the oil was purchased with money, but in actuality, the word buy means “to exchange.” Thus the five foolish virgins were exchanging something they had to receive oil. We do not buy Holy Spirit with money. He is Priceless. We cannot put a value on Him. Simon the Sorcerer quickly found out that truth after his conversion in Acts 8:9-24. We receive Holy Spirit by exchanging ourselves, our own will, our own heart, for the ultimate gift of Holy Spirit Himself. Jesus exchanged His life so we could have life. He did not pay money for our salvation. He gave His very life. He told His Father “not My will but Thine be done.” What an exchange! It was the most valuable exchange in the history of mankind. It only seems right that we would exchange our own selfish will and desires to Christ that we would be saved and be filled with Holy Spirit. It is not a man-to-man transaction. It is man surrendering to God and God giving to man.
Because the wise chose to make the exchange for more oil, Verse 10 says that “they were ready.” Ready for what? Actually it should be stated ready for who? They were ready for the bridegroom. Even though the bridegroom tarried, they were ready. They entered in to the marriage. They entered in to the joys of the Lord.
The foolish were not ready. They were not there when the Bridegroom came. When they returned and saw that He had come and the door was shut, they shouted through the closed door, “Lord, Lord, open to us!” His reply shocked them to reality. “I know you not.” The implications of this statement to our life today is beyond words. Proverbs 20:27 says “The spirit of man is the lamp of the Lord.” If there is no Oil in your lamp, the door will be shut and you will be left behind. If we continue to choose not to be filled with Holy Spirit, our lamps will go out, the Bridegroom will come, and we will miss His return. Some would reply that they will still have the opportunity to be saved after the rapture. It is biblically and prophetically correct that some will. But if you do not make it in the first load, what makes you think you will make it in the second? Why would you take a chance? The persecution will heighten beyond measure after the rapture. Do you really desire to be a martyr for Christ? Because that is probably what you will have to be.
Let me close by saying from experience that there is absolutely no comparison between what the world has to offer and having Jesus as Lord of my life. The meaningless feelings the things of this world bring are nothing compared to containing the Oil of the Holy Spirit in my lamp. Paul said it well in Philippians 2:7,8: “What things were gain to me, I counted loss for Christ. Yea, doubtless I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord for Whom I have suffered the loss of all things and do count them but dung that I may win Christ.” There is a man that knew the value of exchange.
Each one of us is accountable for our own lamp. Is your lamp full of oil? Are you filling it every day? Is it dry? Have you ignored the level of oil in your lamp? Whatever the case may be, I have good news. It’s not too late. Make a consecrated decision now to be wise. Ask Jesus to fill you with Himself and with Holy Spirit. Don’t take a chance. Why would you? Make the exchange now. Continue to make the exchange until the Bridegroom comes. Empty yourself of self and allow Holy Spirit to fill you. Be ready!
Looking for the Bridegroom, Pastor Wes
I trust your Thanksgiving was a blessed one and that your Christmas will be full of the joy of the Lord ! Let us rejoice together that we have a Saviour and a King.