Can you find the sheep who has oil in her lamp?
Can you find the goats who do not have oil in their lamps?
What do you think the pictures are trying to teach you about the Kingdom of God?
Have you ever been late for something? Late for piano practice? Baseball practice? Church? Don’t you hate that really rushed feeling you get? Hurry! Hurry! Hurry! One of the things that often make us late is that we don’t prepare before we leave. If you need to leave the house right now but you haven’t gotten dressed yet, then you will be 10 minutes late to wherever you are going.
Now imagine you are not late for piano practice or church but you are late to catch an airplane to Hawaii. If you are late to piano practice or church then it doesn’t matter a whole lot. You can start your piano practice a little late or join the church service after it has started. With an airplane flight, however, if you miss the flight you can’t get on it late. It is gone and you don’t get to go to Hawaii.
The bridesmaids/goats in today’s lesson forgot to get batteries or oil for their lamps. So, like missing the airplane, when the groom came they missed the chance to marry him. They were not ready. Jesus is the groom in today’s lesson. Some people think “Oh, I will believe in Jesus later.” or “I am too busy to believe in Jesus now.” No! Don’t wait to believe in Jesus. Believe in Him now, before it is too late. He may come back soon and you will miss the chance to be with Him in heaven.
Read Matthew 25:1-13 again:
How are you different after reading these verses?
Dear Jesus, please help my friends who have not believed in You yet. Help them to trust in You now! Help them to see how important it is. I can’t wait to be with You, Jesus! Amen.