Matthew 25:8 – Oil For My Lamp
…â€˜Give us some of your oil; our lamps are going out.â€™
~ Matthew 25:8
Itâ€™s easy, I know. Life comes at us a hundred miles an hour. Our intentions are good, we wanted to start that new reading plan, study that â€œspecial passageâ€ from the Bible, read that latest Christian book that our pastor recommendedâ€¦.but
â€œAt that time, the Kingdom of heaven will be like ten virgins who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom. Five of them were foolish and five were wise. The foolish ones took their lamps but did not take any oil with them. The wise ones, however, took oil in jars along with their lamps. The bridegroom was a long time coming, and they all became drowsy and fell asleep. At midnight, the cry rang out: â€˜Hereâ€™s the bridegroom! Come out to meet him!â€™
Then all the virgins woke up and trimmed their lamps. The foolish ones said to the wise, Give us some of your oil; our lamps are going out.â€ Matthew 25:1-8 (NIV)
We often get so busy, that we fail to take time to be alone with Father God. We rarely spend time reading and meditating on the Word and asking the Holy Spirit to speak something fresh and new to our hearts. In fact, the last time we heard anything of Spiritual value was last Sunday when we were drifting in and out while the preacher rambled on about tithing or something like that. Our mind and heart was anywhere but where we were, in the presence of God surrounded by believers.
Life rocks on and thenâ€¦.BOOM, out of nowhere, crisis comes! QUICK, call the pastor, call the elder, call someone spiritual to pray that â€œspecial prayerâ€ and get me out of this mess! Sad but true. Often times we rely upon others for our spiritual OIL and have nothing to draw from. All we have is a lamp that doesnâ€™t put out any light for the situation we are in. We want to draw from the oil out of someone else’s lamp, someone elseâ€™s supply, calling on someone more spiritual to help us out of the jam we are in. Now, donâ€™t get me wrong, we need to bear one anothers burdens and get help from each other. But when we donâ€™t take the necessary time to keep our own lamps filled and wicks trimmed through discipline, we will find ourselves in a place that is not very funâ€¦.in the dark!
Take the time to begin maturing in the Lord. Stop relying on the preacher to get the job done. Get alone with the Father and ask him to fill you up today…fresh with his presence. Ask him to renew a right spirit in you and fill your heart fresh with his anointing. Let the river of God burst through your belly, the breath of God flow through your heart and let the light of God shine through your life.
Itâ€™s time to get your own supply of oil!
~ Jeffrey Gillum