1-5 “God’s kingdom is like ten young virgins who took oil lamps and went out to greet the bridegroom. Five were silly and five were smart. The silly virgins took lamps, but no extra oil. The smart virgins took jars of oil to feed their lamps. The bridegroom didn’t show up when they expected him, and they all fell asleep.
6 “In the middle of the night someone yelled out, ‘He’s here! The bride-groom’s here! Go out and greet him!’
7-8 “The ten virgins got up and got their lamps ready. The silly virgins said to the smart ones, ‘Our lamps are going out; lend us some of your oil.’
9 “They answered, ‘There might not be enough to go around; go buy your own.’
10 “They did, but while they were out buying oil, the bridegroom arrived. When everyone who was there to greet him had gone into the wedding feast, the door was locked.
11 “Much later, the other virgins, the silly ones, showed up and knocked on the door, saying, ‘Master, we’re here. Let us in.’
12 “He answered, ‘Do I know you? I don’t think I know you.’
13 “So stay alert. You have no idea when he might arrive.
Have you ever had those moments or seasons where you practically feel like you’re losing your FIRE for God? You’re not alone! I’ve had moments where I felt like I no longer had my fire. But guess what that was just a ‘feeling’ and many times, we cannot exactly trust our feelings in this Christian race. But then again, we cannot completely ignore them. If you’re constantly feeling like you need a REVIVAL, then you just might be right! And trust me, I’ve felt like that a lot of times.
I was just recently recounting to a friend of mine how I feel very low on fire thanks to all the things I have to do daily a bulk of which is HOUSE CHORES and I HATE HOUSE CHORES! Precious time I could use doing more important things like soaking in the word and loving up on Jesus, I use to wash plates and clean house and iron clothes and cook food and change diapers and speak baby language. *whew!! I’m in dire NEED of a help!! I’ve started searching for one so please just join me in prayers that I get the right one who would have the FEAR OF GOD in her heart. I’ve had my fair share of funny maids. Anyway, I digress!
So back to this fire thing, in these last days, we will need extra oil to keep our fire for God burning and I just totally love the story of the 10 virgins; five were wise and Jesus mentioned that they had JARS (not just one jar or a small bottle) of extra oil. Why did they need jars of extra oil? Because they knew that their lamps would go out and they would require extra oil to keep it burning.
Yes, in these last days, there are a whole lot of things that can make our lights and fire burn out. So those moments where you feel like you’re not on fire, it just means that your lamp is burning out; it happens and it’s completely normal. No fire lasts forever, no matter how hot and blazing it is, it will still get cool and not burn as much and would require more fuel or oil or wood to keep blazing. The question is do you have extra oil?
You might be asking “so what exactly is this extra oil or extra virgin oil as I decided to title this article LOL! No it’s not that GOYA extra virgin oil we use for anointing haha!!
There are three jars of extra oil we would need to keep our fire burning and stay ablaze in these times.
The first jar is THE WORD.
One thing that is common with people who are no longer on fire for God is that they do not have time for the Scriptures. Life gets so busy; deadlines to meet, targets to make; and like my case- busy with house chores after which I’m too tired to study the word.
David said in Psalm 39:3, ‘My heart was hot within me, while I was musing the fire burned…’ The Word is the fire in the boiler room of our hearts. If we must stay ablaze, we must stay with the Word.
The two guys on the road to Emmaus gives us another confirmation, Luke 24:32 – And they said to one another, “Did not our heart burn within us while He talked with us on the road, and while He opened the Scriptures to us?” I’ve had conversations with some of my girlfriends talking about the word and we could literally feel our hearts burn. Those conversations you have that you just want to jump and scream. Clearly the Word of God is important if we want the fire of God to burn afresh in our hearts.
The second jar is FELLOWSHIP
Fellowshipping with believers who love the Lord and are on fire God will definitely keep you on fire. That is why you have to be careful who you hang around with. The old saying is true, ‘Birds of a feather flock together.’ Beyond attending church every week, listening to the rightly divided truth of God’s word and also worshipping with other believers, there’s a place for ensuring you surround yourself with the right friends who are also striving to stay on fire for God, you spur each other on. And I like how Hebrews 10:25 says it in MSG version – ‘not avoiding worshiping together as some do but spurring each other on, especially as we see the big Day approaching.’
Yes our relationship with God is very personal, but then, God has not called us to run this race alone. Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor: If either of them falls down, one can help the other up. But pity anyone who falls and has no one to help them up. (Ecclesiastes 4:9)
The third jar is the HOLY SPIRIT
How can we ever do anything without the Holy Spirit? One of the major reasons Jesus had to return to heaven is so that the Holy Spirit could come to us. The Holy Spirit is the fire in us; he’s the one that burns within us; that’s why Paul said in 1st Thessalonians 5: 19 ‘Quench not the Spirit’ or as the GOD”S WORD TRANSLATION aptly puts it, ‘Don’t put out the Spirit’s fire.’ The Holy Spirit is the fire in us, He’s the one that keeps us burning. And this song by Sinach comes to mind
You are the FIRE in me
You are the power at work in me
You are my ever present helper
Holy Spirit I adore!
So, don’t be like the five silly virgins who did not have extra jars of oil, we cannot tell when the Bridegroom would return but we know it’s not too long away any more! Be sure your jars of extra oil are ready.
WRITTEN BY: Funto Ibuoye