Summary: A message on being ready for the Lord’s return from the parable of the Wise and Foolish Virgins.
If the Oil Runs Out
Text: Matthew 25:1-13
In my younger, more foolish days, there was a game that I liked to play that my wife didn’t like very much. We’d be driving down the highway, when I’d notice that the fuel gage was getting close to empty. My wife’s preference at this point, was for me to stop at the nearest gas station, while I preferred to get the best deal that I could.
I remember a time we were headed back home from Michigan. I knew that the best place to get gas was at Bowling Green, OH; however, I was still about a half hour away from there when the fuel light blinked on. There were many fuel exits that I passed by though that little yellow light burned the warning that I needed gas. Tricia was getting antsy as the miles passed, while I joked, “Let’s see how long we can go on empty.” She didn’t think I was funny.
Soon, we came to our exit. I pulled onto the off-ramp; however, the ramp went uphill, causing the little gas I had to slash to the back of my tank. The car sputtered and died. Now, I was concerned as I put my car in neutral and tried to restart the car while praying to myself. Miraculously, the car started, but then I had to wait at the red light. The light turned green, and I started toward the closest station. However, we had another problem. I had to sit in the left turn lane waiting for traffic to pass, and still that light mocked me for my foolishness. Finally, I was able to pull into the station, and just as I pulled up to the pump, the car sputtered and died. I had made it, but that was too close!
In our text, we find five virgins who foolishly tried to do the same thing that I did, but, unfortunately, they didn’t make it. They ran out oil, they were not ready when the bridegroom came, and they missed out on everything; the door was shut, and they were in darkness.
I. We have been Welcomed (v.1)
All ten of these women were welcomed to the marriage feast. They were all issued invitations. They were to be the bridesmaids. Each one was looking forward to the party. This was going to be some celebration!
But not only were they invited, they had accepted the invitation. They had sent their RSVP’s in. They wanted to be apart of that number. They were looking for the bridegroom. They wanted to enter into the Kingdom of Heaven.
All of us here have been invited to join the bridegroom at the Marriage Supper of the Lamb. Over and over through out the Scriptures, we read that God is calling out to us to come to Him. We are invited to enter into His rest. Jesus called, “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” (Mt. 11:28) He died with His arms outstretched in welcome.
When I was running my tank on empty, there were many invitations for me to stop and fuel up, but I ignored them wanting a better price. But that wasn’t fault of these virgins. They had accepted the invitation, they had made themselves ready. They had brought their lamps, worn their best dresses, and were looking for the bridegroom.