Matthew 25:8-9 And the foolish said unto the wise, Give us of your oil; for our lamps are gone out. 9 But the wise answered, saying, Not so; lest there be not enough for us and you: but go ye rather to them that sell, and buy for yourselves.
Too many of us as God’s people are running on empty and are not doing anything about it. Running on empty is synonymous with being spiritually dry and having broken fellowship with the Father; that was where the five (5) foolish virgins were. Note that the five (5) foolish virgins like the five (5) wise virgins started the journey to meet the bridegroom. The scripture tells us that the ten virgins took their lamps, and went forth to meet the bridegroom. Both had the same objective – to meet Jesus, but only five made it. The difference between the two groups of virgins is that one kept filling up daily, while the other group ignored that their needle was on empty, probably thinking they had time. However, their nonchalant attitude to filling up ultimately resulted in them not meeting the bridegroom. Their failure to set aside 30 minutes to 2 hours per day to go to the spiritual gas pump resulted in them spending eternity in torment. When you put it like that, is staying on empty worth it?
The problem with running on empty is that it will result in you walking outside of the will of God and falling into temptation; that happens when your spiritual oil is low. After asking the wise virgins for some of their oil, the five (5) foolish virgins were instructed to go buy oil for themselves. There are two (2) implications of that. First, someone else’s oil will not allow you to meet the bridegroom, you need your own oil. The reason for that is that your relationship with God is personal, it is determined by what you do and no one else.
Second, filling up your spiritual oil comes at a price, the foolish virgins had to go and buy. The price that one has to pay to move their needle off empty is to daily practice the habits of entertaining his presence through thanksgiving, worship, prayer and reading his word. The foolish virgins knew that they needed to fill up every day, but they left this most important thing for last and it never got done until it was too late.
Whether or not you are on empty, the major takeaway should be to ensure that you refill your spiritual oil daily.
Life Application: Set aside 30 minutes or more daily to go to the source for a spiritual refill to ensure that you never run on empty.
Prayer: Lord, give me wisdom to operate daily in your presence. May I never take my relationship with you for granted and nurture my walk with you everyday. In Jesus’ name, amen.