“At that time the kingdom of heaven will be like ten young bridesmaids who took their lamps and went out to meet the groom.2 Now five of them were wise, and the other five were foolish. 3 The foolish ones took their lamps but didn’t bring oil for them. 4 But the wise ones took their lamps and also brought containers of oil. 5 “When the groom was late in coming, they all became drowsy and went to sleep. 6 But at midnight there was a cry, ‘Look, the groom! Come out to meet him.’ 7 “Then all those bridesmaids got up and prepared their lamps. 8 But the foolish bridesmaids said to the wise ones, ‘Give us some of your oil, because our lamps have gone out.’ 9 “But the wise bridesmaids replied, ‘No, because if we share with you, there won’t be enough for our lamps and yours. We have a better idea. You go to those who sell oil and buy some for yourselves.’ 10 But while they were gone to buy oil, the groom came. Those who were ready went with him into the wedding. Then the door was shut. 11 “Later the other bridesmaids came and said, ‘Lord, lord, open the door for us.’ 12 “But he replied, ‘I tell you the truth, I don’t know you.’ 13 “Therefore, keep alert, because you don’t know the day or the hour. (Matthew 25:1-13, CEB)
Every time I read this passage I think of the Boy Scout motto, Be Prepared. You never know what is going to happen so be prepared for anything.
Or MacGyver. With a roll of duct tape, a package of gum, and a Swiss army knife he can take on the world!
But there is a also an aspect of helping out others. Why would the 5 who had oil not share some? Yes they thought they would run out, but did they?
We need to be aware of what is happening in the world and aware of what God has called us to be and do. We need to give freely as God gave to us, but also know when is the time to not give. How do we know this?
Are you connected with God and know how you are being led?