The Unlit Lamp

Matthew 25:1-13

I have read the parable of the ten virgins multiple times, probably not taking in the true meaning of it. 

Five of the women were wise, were as five were not. Five carried the tools required to light their lamp were the other five relied on others and asked for the oil from the other five. I’m going to call these women, women with the unlit lamp.

I’m not a bible scholar, but I do know that a light represents Jesus for in John 8:12 it states,   “Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” .  But the main scripture that I base this on is Matthew 5:16,  “In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.” For if we are to be light, we have to keep our light shinning.

But I’m going to spin this around and talk about the unlit lamp. The five women who did not bring oil to light their lamps as they await for the bridegroom. Here is the thing, most of us would say, “I wouldn’t forget my oil!” But when the day comes you simply might. Maybe you think you are saved because you live a moral life, but never fully accepted Christ as savior, maybe you grew up in the church and you think you no longer need to be there, or perhaps you are just playing “church”. Therefore you are simply an unlit lamp. You have great potential to do great things, but you need Christ to do it. You need the Holy Spirit inside of you. But you will never know the greatness until you surrender.

I am not saying I have it all together. I don’t. I have to ask forgiveness on a daily basis but I don’t  swim in sin. But I have battled and battled  hurtles in life and when the enemy tries to tare me down I have learned to get in my knees, I have learned to remind myself of scriptures.

The unlit lamp can still be lit you just need to find Christ I order to light it, but it’s your job to keep it from going out again I go back to Matthew 5:16, “In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.” Do things in Jesus’ name not for your own. Do good works and give glory to your Father, the one who knitted you together. Embrace him and he will embrace you.

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