Matthew 25:1-13 speaks on the ten virgins. The ten virgins are a symbol of the pure church that is preparing for Christ return. All have the Holy Spirit. While waiting they all “slumbered and slept”. We see the difference in the two groups spoke of in these verses when crisis come. When the ten went forth to meet the bridegroom, they all had oil in their lamps. Matthew 25:2-4 says, “And five of them were wise, and five were foolish. They that were foolish took their lamps, and took no oil with them: But the wise took oil in their vessel with their lamps.” When the cry was made, “the bridegroom cometh”; they all got up to go meet him and that is where the differences between the wise and foolish virgins are seen.

Those virgins represent Christians who are waiting for Christ to return but who have a superficial experience with Him. They have some oil, some working of the Spirit in their lives, but it is merely flickering; they were satisfied with little when they needed much.

“The Spirit works upon man’s heart, according to his desire and consent implanting in him a new nature; but the class represented by the foolish virgins have been content with a superficial work. They do not know God. They have not studied His character; they have not held communion with Him; therefore they do not know how to trust, how to look and live. Their service to God degenerates into a form.” — Ellen G. White, Christ’s Object Lessons , p. 411.

My prayer is to be one of the wise virgins. Take time to study these verses today. What message do you see in them? Do they speak to you and your relationship with Christ? Are you prepared for Christ’s return?

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