AWAKE FROM YOUR SLUMBER
“At that time the kingdom of heaven will be like ten virgins who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom. 2 Five of them were foolish and five were wise. 3 The foolish ones took their lamps but did not take any oil with them. 4 The wise, however, took oil in jars along with their lamps. 5 The bridegroom was a long time in coming, and they all became drowsy and fell asleep.
6 “At midnight the cry rang out: ‘Here’s the bridegroom! Come out to meet him!’
7 “Then all the virgins woke up and trimmed their lamps. 8 The foolish ones said to the wise, ‘Give us some of your oil; our lamps are going out.’
9 “‘No,’ they replied, ‘there may not be enough for both us and you. Instead, go to those who sell oil and buy some for yourselves.’
10 “But while they were on their way to buy the oil, the bridegroom arrived. The virgins who were ready went in with him to the wedding banquet. And the door was shut.
11 “Later the others also came. ‘Sir! Sir!’ they said. ‘Open the door for us!’
12 “But he replied, ‘I tell you the truth, I don’t know you.’
13 “Therefore keep watch, because you do not know the day or the hour.
Vs 1, “At that time the kingdom of heaven will be like ten virgins
They were all virgins. This means that:
- They are chaste
- They are Pure
- They are Clean
- They are Innocent
- They are focused
Vs 1b … Who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom.
They took their lamb because they were conscious that the journey they were embarking upon could go beyond the day. So, they were not ignorant of the task. They are ready to go in search no matter what happens. Their commitment was to no one else except the groom. They were all out for no one but the groom. Their gaze was only on the groom. It is as if they have covenanted their lives that it is either the groom or they die. David said in Ps 42:1-2: “As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you, O God. 2 My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When can I go and meet with God? ”
Vs 2, Five of them were foolish and five were wise.
Why were they foolish?
Even though they were ready to go all out to meet the groom, yet they never planned their journey. They left life to chance, they were careless, and they resulted to fate just as many of us do. Anything that happens to us in the journey of life is left to fate as we commonly say “it is God’s will” meanwhile, there are so many things that happen yet not in His will but we allowed them.
Don’t be foolish.
Don’t allow your house to be taken away from you and you say after all “ it is God’s will.” Stand your ground. Awake from your slumber.
Judges Judg 11:13-33
Vs 32 Then Jephthah went over to fight the Ammonites, and the Lord gave them into his hands. 33 He devastated twenty towns from Aroer to the vicinity of Minnith, as far as Abel Keramim. Thus Israel subdued Ammon.
Don’t be foolish, Don’t allow the enemy take away the result of your labour. Rise, fight and you will win
Vs 2b, ….. and five were wise.
They were wise because they took their lives in their hands. They took extra above the normal others work with. While others were standing, they chose to be outstanding. They were wise because they decided not to go in the way of the crowd
Vs 5 The bridegroom was a long time in coming, and they all became drowsy and fell asleep.
THEY SLEPT OFF. I MEAN ALL OF THEM.
Vs 6 “At midnight the cry rang out: ‘Here’s the bridegroom! Come out to meet him!’
Midnight, this symbolizes the moment with no strength, a period when one is powerless, characterize with moments of sleep. Yet, master’s coming will be like a thief in the night. A period when no one will expect. Whatever you carry into the night stays till the morning. The journey of life is dependent on how much of God you carry on the inside of you.
So, wake up. Stop sleeping