Why Can’t I Give My Oil Away?

The foolish said to the prudent, ‘Give us some of your oil, for our lamps are going out.’ But the prudent answered, ‘No, there will not be enough for us and you too; go instead to the dealers and buy some for yourselves (Matthew 25, NASV).’” 

 God is a giving God. And God wants Christians to give like He does. In fact, Jesus said, “When you give to the poor, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, (Matthew 6, NASV).” We are to give so much that we won’t remember how much we gave or who we gave it to!

 So if God wants us to give to everyone so liberally, then what do we do with the parable of the five wise virgins and five foolish virgins?  Why can’t the wise virgins give their oil away?  Here’s the story as Jesus told it:

“Then the kingdom of heaven will be comparable to ten virgins, who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom.Five of them were foolish, and five were prudent. For when the foolish took their lamps, they took no oil with them, but the prudent took oil in flasks along with their lamps.

 Now while the bridegroom was delaying, they all got drowsy and began to sleep.   But at midnight there was a shout, ‘Behold, the bridegroom! Come out to meet him.’   Then all those virgins rose and trimmed their lamps.

The foolish said to the prudent, ‘Give us some of your oil, for our lamps are going out.’

 But the prudent answered, ‘No, there will not be enough for us and you too; go instead to the dealers and buy some for yourselves.’  10 And while they were going away to make the purchase, the bridegroom came, and those who were ready went in with him to the wedding feast; and the door was shut.   11 Later the other virgins also came, saying, ‘Lord, lord, open up for us.’

 12 But he answered, ‘Truly I say to you, I do not know you.’ 13 Be on the alert then, for you do not know the day nor the hour (Matthew 25, NASV).”

The ten virgins were all professing Christians. All ten people knew one another and BibleimagesCAISJ097interacted with one another.  They lived together in community and talked to each other using spiritual terms.  The ten carried their Bibles to church, put money in the offering plate, sang the songs, and listened to the preachers in the pulpits. There were quite a few similarities between the five foolish and the five wise virgins.  They all knew each other quite well.

The difference between foolish and the wise was what they treasured Monday through Saturday.

The calendars and daily agendas of the wise virgins were determined by what the What will we do today, Lord?bridegroom wanted them to do.  What’s more, the wise virgins were also full of love and every day they thought, “Maybe today.  Maybe today He will come!”  So every day the wise virgins kept watch for the bridegroom.  Every day was a new day to prepare for the wedding! Each sunrise signaled  a new day to communicate with Him, trust Him, believe Him, and yes, obey Him.  The bridegroom made it clear that the five wise virgins made a decision early on that they were going to invest time with the Holy Spirit NOW before the bridegroom comes.

The five foolish virgins went to church, had a Bible tucked under their arms, did charitable deeds, but really lived their day to day lives doing their own thing. Maybe they even spent hour upon hour watching what the rest of the world was doing (think TV, internet) instead of keeping watch for the bridegroom and knowing what He was doing.

 “There is precious treasure and oil in the dwelling of the wise,                                     But a foolish man swallows it up (Proverbs 21, NASV).”

The five wise virgins could not give their oil away any more than you or I can give away our relationship with our parent or child or sibling.  A relationship is something that happens on the inside and knowing someone can only happen when we’ve invested time and treasure into that person’s life.

Time.  Time is a gift we have TODAY. Paul exhorted us, “Make the most of your time, because the days are evil (Ephesians 5).”

My dear friend, how much time did you invest in acquiring the oil today?  Do you know the voice of God?  You will need everything that God tells you today in order to keep your faith,  hope, and love in the coming days of darkness.

Jesus Himself told us, “Work while it is yet day.  The day is coming when no man can work.”  What was he talking about?  He’s talking about US!  He is telling us to take the time with God right now WHILE WE HAVE THE TIME.  Cultivate a hearing ear right now WHILE WE CAN HEAR GOD.  Obey Him NOW while it’s daylight and we have a job to do. Develop a friendship now, before the dark days of tribulation rock our world.

sky-lantern-100219694 freeFor it’s true—a day is coming when no one can work. Our days will be dark just before Jesus comes.  People’s hearts will fail them because of all the fearful events. But those who invest in the oil today will SHINE IN THE DARKNESS that is ahead!

Then one day, like a thief that breaks into a house at night, the alarm will go off and the wise virgins will hear the trumpet of God! The time for expecting the bridegroom will be past, for he will be here!  The wise virgins will arise to meet the Lord in the air.  The bridegroom will shut the door and the foolish virgins who wasted their days on other cares will be locked out of the wedding feast and their opportunity to know the bridegroom will be forever lost.

Time. Your time. Please, go get your oil now. olive-oil-jar-photo.jpg w=320

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About Lift the Cross of Jesus!

My day job is writing--I'm an author and publisher of a number of books. More on that later. But there is nothing of greater importance to me than the early morning hours I spend with the Creator of the Universe. Although He knows everything there is to know, His greatest delight isn't to give us knowledge, but to give us love. My highest joy is to watch the sun rise with notebook in hand and write the words he speaks to my heart. I want to share some of those words with you here . . . words on the cross.
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5 Responses to Why Can’t I Give My Oil Away?

  1. “The five wise virgins could not give their oil away any more than you or I can give away our relationship with our parent or child or sibling. A relationship is something that happens on the inside and knowing someone can only happen when we’ve invested time and treasure into that person’s life.” Wow! excellent insight!

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  2. markssong says:

    Just checking to see if this is the same Hope that I know. This oil spill really has religious and judgemental overtones. Just checking. His name was the oil poured forth for us.

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    • Yes, Mark, your question is a good one and I’m so glad you asked it. I know the message here isn’t the happy gospel we are taught in Charismatic circles, but it is the gospel Jesus taught and I truly believe that we will all do well to pay attention to what he said and take it seriously. Jesus plainly said that on that last day when all mankind stands before God He will divide sheep and goats (Matthew 25 again) and the difference will be between what we did and didn’t DO. Jesus paid the price for sin, but in that same chapter he said if we call him “Lord” and don’t use the talent or talents he’s given us, he has a message we need to hear: “For to everyone who has, more shall be given, and he will have an abundance; but from the one who does not have, even what he does have shall be taken away. 30 Throw out the worthless slave into the outer darkness; in that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.” If we are truly calling Jesus Lord, then His love will compel us to “do”. Jesus told us this so we can judge ourselves. NOW is the time to judge ourselves in the body of Christ. NOW is the time to fill up with the oil in our relationship with Him. So glad you chimed in here!

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  3. Connie says:

    Yes and Amen ..there is nothing we can “do” to GET salvation, but in true salvation experience we make Him Savior and LORD because coming face to face with what Totally happened at the Cross you can do nothing else but desire to serve Him….I love your revelation on the ‘oil’…being taught the oil usu speaks of the Holy Spirit…Who draws us to the Father and Son…Who declares them to us in an on going process as any relationship is…yes I can see as at any step of my forming relationship with God I could not imagine giving any of that relationship up…That’s the devil’s desire to rob from us any part of it he can!!! thank you for sharing that

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