Oil for your lamp

abideinchristMy husband William was making coffee and while doing so he was singing a song in our mother-tongue Afrikaans and this part grabbed my attention “het jy olie in jou lamp?”, meaning “do you have oil in your lamp?”.  The Lord laid on my heart what is meant by that.

In the parable of the ten virgins, the five foolish virgins did not have enough oil in their lamps while waiting on the Bridegroom (Jesus).  They went to buy oil and while they were gone the Bridegroom came.  The five wise virgins who were ready and had enough oil in their lamps, went in with Him to the wedding and the door was shut.  The foolish virgins returned and said ‘Lord Lord, open to us’, but the Bridegroom said He did not know them.

And in Matthew 7 there were those that said: ‘Lord Lord!  We prophesied in Your name, cast out demons etc.’ and the Lord told them that He never knew them, that they practiced lawlessness, that they must depart from Him.

They never abided in Christ.  Their house was not built on the Rock, Jesus Christ.  Jesus was not their foundation.  They were not bearing any fruit.  They are the lukewarm Christians and the Lord says to them He shall spew (vomit) them out of His mouth.

How do we abide in Christ?  If we love Him, we will keep His commandments and we will know that He abides in us, by the Holy Spirit whom He has given us.

Abide in Jesus and you will bear much fruit and you will have enough oil for your lamp and the Bridegroom will receive you unto Himself.

Now he who keeps His commandments abides in Him, and He in him. And by this we know that He abides in us, by the Spirit whom He has given us.

1 John 3:24

Matthew 25:1-13  │   Matthew 7:21-23  │   John 15:1-8

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