“At that time the kingdom of heaven will be like ten virgins who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom. Five of them were foolish and five were wise. The foolish ones took their lamps but did not take any oil with them. The wise ones, however, took oil in jars along with their lamps.”
As the days grow colder this time of year, we are reminded of the importance of having a good fuel supply. Not having an adequate fuel supply can be deadly in the regions of our world that see below-freezing weather in the winter. In the same way, Jesus wants us to know that having an inadequate spiritual fuel supply is deadly.
To be ready for Jesus’ coming, we not only need to be adequately fueled, but we also need the proper fuel.
This world offers all kinds of options it claims are just as legitimate as God’s fuel supply. Self-worth found in achievements, abilities, and accolades. Strength found in wielding earthly power through wealth, politics, or social influence. Happiness found in pleasures of the flesh, drink, and drugs or of popularity and prestige.
While this sinful world imagines these can fuel a beautiful flame, they are fuels for the wrong fire—a fire of pain and suffering that will not end!
Friends, be fueled by God’s fuel supply—his promises found in the Bible. His fuel supply can never be exhausted, and you can never have too much! Fill up your fuel supply that will fuel your faith to burn even in the coldest winters of this sinful world as you patiently wait for your bridegroom to appear!
He is coming! He is coming to take you home! And he has given you all you need to be prepared to go home. Be in his Word in personal devotion. Be in his house with your fellow waiting believers to encourage one another and to receive the fuel of your salvation in the body and blood of your Savior together with bread and wine in the Lord’s Supper, and you will be well supplied!
Lord Jesus, thank you for providing all the fuel I need to be ready for your return. Help me to treasure this fuel and daily fill up my supply. Amen.