“Therefore keep watch, because you do not know the day or the hour.” Matthew 25:13 NIV
As I read some of the commentaries on this parable of the ten virgins, I learned that all the virgins — both the foolish and wise — knew that delays were common. All of them rested and slept while they waited. All of them had the same information but only half had taken steps to be prepared for the bridegroom to arrive.
The virgins had a job to do. They were supposed to escort the bride to the bridegroom; they were supposed to light her path. Those that were not prepared were an insult to the bride.
It occurred to me that the church is the bride of Christ. By not being prepared and diligent – we let the church down. We are an insult to the body of Christ, the church. I do not want to be a foolish virgin. I want my oil containers to be full. I want my torch prepared to be lit as long as is required in order to meet the bridegroom.
Father, thank you for every preparation that You have in store for me. I welcome Your preparation, Your discipline and correction. Teach me Your ways. I surrender to Your teaching so that I can honor You and Your church.