|Bride And Groom (Photo credit: James Marvin Phelps)|
The Bible tells the story of the ten virgins who went out to meet the bridegroom. These virgins, or bridesmaids, had a duty to perform. They were to go to the bride's house on the wedding night with burning lamps or torches in their hands to wait for the bridegroom. When he drew near, they would meet him and escort him to the bride's house. But as it turned out, five girls took oil in their lamps, but five didn't.
The bridegroom was a long time in coming and their lamps began to go out. Afraid they would have no light by the time the bridegroom appeared, they asked the others to give them some of their oil, but they refused. The five - I'll call them unprepared girls - set off to the store to buy oil, but guess what? The bridegroom came while they were gone. When they returned, they found the door shut. Read Matthew 25: 1 - 12
Sad, isn't it? These girls were part of the wedding party, but they were not ready to meet the bridegroom, who represents Jesus Christ, the Bridegroom who will one day return to claim His bride. Are you ready? Or are you in the church, but your heart does not really belong to the Lord? It may seem that our Bridegroom is tarrying, but make no mistake, He will come, according to the Bible "like a thief in the night" (1 Thessalonians 5: 2). So, get your lamp ready now. Don't let that door shut in your face. You don't want to hear Him say, "I don't know you." Go to Him now and make it right while there is still time.
Heavenly Father, you know our hearts. Help us to follow your teachings and keep our lamps burning brightly so that when Your Son Jesus Christ returns, we'll hear Him say, "Well done, thou good and faithful servant."