bible based christian daily devotional

Do you see an inappropriate ad? PLEASE REPORT IT!

Categories

Worthy Devotions - Bible Based Christian Daily Devotional

Fill your lamps!

Friday, October 5, 2012 (8:12 am)

by George Whitten, Editor of Worthy Devotions

John 8:12 Then Jesus again spoke to them, saying, "I am the Light of the world: he that follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but will have the Light of life."

Matthew 25:1-10 "Then the kingdom of heaven shall be likened to ten virgins who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom. Now five of them were wise, and five were foolish. Those who were foolish took their lamps and took no oil with them, but the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps. But while the bridegroom was delayed, they all slumbered and slept. And at midnight a cry was heard: 'Behold, the bridegroom is coming; go out to meet him!' Then all those virgins arose and trimmed their lamps. And the foolish said to the wise, 'Give us some of your oil, for our lamps are going out.' But the wise answered, saying, 'No, lest there should not be enough for us and you; but go rather to those who sell, and buy for yourselves.' And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came, and those who were ready went in with him to the wedding; and the door was shut.

During the feast of Tabernacles in Yeshua's (Jesus') day, the temple priests would set up four great lampstands with golden lampholders, which they would light with the aid of enormous ladders in the Temple courtyard. The lighting of these lamps began the celebration of the "Great Hosannah" (Hoshannah Rabbah, in Hebrew). The celebration went on in to the wee hours — with music and dancing and rejoicing, while the beautiful lights lit up the night. Jerusalem was a breathtaking, illuminated city on a hill.

The following morning the Jewish people would recite the prayer for the eighth day of the feast — "Be thou praised, O Lord our God, King of the Universe, who makest light and causes darkness, who makest peace and createst all: the light of the world as the treasure of life…" Yeshua said, "I am the Light of the world.".

God is Light, He loves light, He creates light, He sheds light, He desires light. Lamps with oil produce light, both for those who carry them and for those who see the light bearers. "You are the light of the world", He said. So the Lord also expects light from and His people. The light of God in our lives comes from His Holy Spirit, and oil has always been associated with the Spirit's ministry in the lives of believers. Burning oil produces light. If we are spiritual "virgins"because we are betrothed to one Heavenly Husband, we ought to bear His light in this dark world. Yet He has told us that some virgins will not have the wisdom to do it, so it is a warning to us; a warning not to quench the Spirit, but be filled with Him and be the light of the world.

Some of us, though virgins, have been walking in darkness. This could change. The choice to light our lamps belongs to us. The gift of the Holy Spirit has been given to all true virgins. The wise among us will "buy oil" and maintain our lamps thoroughly filled. To "buy oil" means to "spend time" with the One who supplies it, asking Him to fill us up, and to clean out the impurities in our "lamps". You know what this means for you personally, and I know what it means for me. We ought to think about the joy of the wedding, and prepare our hearts with His light… illuminated beautifully for all the world to see, and to be ready! At midnight, when the Bridegroom suddenly appears, our joy will be unspeakable.

Copyright 1999-2014 Worthy Devotions. All rights reserved.

2 Responses to “Fill your lamps!”

  1. Slimplim Says:

    This parable in the New Testament about the 5 wise and 5 foolish virgins is a stark reminder to us to be attentive to our Bridegroom's voice and to spend time being in His presence. " In His presence is fullness of joy and at His right hand there are pleasures forever more". (Ps 16:11)

  2. Dennis Says:

    Thank you for the reminder.

Leave a Reply




Sign up for our Worthy Briefs! IT'S FREE!!! Your information is completely confidential! We HATE SPAM too!
Your email address:
First Name:
Last Name:
Enter security code:

Read some of our recent Worthy Briefs

Worthy Brief - 10/20/2014
Worthy Brief - 10/17/2014
Worthy Brief - 10/15/2014
Worthy Brief - 10/14/2014
Worthy Brief - 10/13/2015
  • Most Popular Posts


  • World News
    Islamic State Within Eight Miles of Baghdad
    Nuclear Talks With Iran Might be Extended if November Deadline Missed
    Russia Deploys Tactical Nukes in Crimea
    Satellite Images Show Iranian Nuclear Facility Was Bombed
    World Leaders Call for an End of UN Security Council Veto Power
    U.S. Hits Al-Qaeda Group in Syria in Secret Strike
    World must prepare for 'Armageddon'-style cyber attack
    Israel News
    Kerry Calls for Renewed Peace Talks
    Temple Institute Raises $100K for Third Temple Plans
    Palestinians to seek UN resolution on Israeli withdrawal
    New round of Israel-Hamas talks set for end of October
    Poll: Nearly Half of Palestinians Support Armed Struggle Against Israel
    IDF Concerned of Possible Hezbollah Attack
    Abbas Threatens to Break Partnership with Hamas
    U.S. News
    Dow Down for the Year as Sell-Off Continues
    Spread of Ebola Could Affect 1.4 Million People by Year's End
    Supreme Court Denies Same-Sex Marriage Appeals
    CDC Confirms First Case of Ebola in U.S.
    Eric Holder resigns as attorney general
    Islamic State Jihadists 'Have Returned to America', U.S. Officials Say
    Obama To Deploy 3,000 Troops to Fight Ebola
    Christian News
    Sudan Air Force Bombs Church Complex in Nuba Mountains
    Pakistan's Persecution of Christians even after Death
    Sudan: Lawyers to Challenge Legality of Apostasy
    Uzbek Police Raid Christians' Homes
    Deported Messianic Jew to Appeal Supreme Court
    Iraq: Nothing Done for Displaced Christians
    Christian Women Raped by ISIS
    Great Reading Material
    Add our Daily Christian Devotion
    You can add our daily Christian devotional to your sites for FREE!

    You can get more information, please go to Worthy Webmaster.
    Link to our Daily Christian Devotional
    Help others find Worthy Christian Devotions! Use this code to link to Worthy Christian Devotions on your web page:

    <a href="http://www.worthydevotions.com" title="Christian Devotions">Daily Christian Devotionals - Worthy Devotions</a>



    Copyright 1999-2013 Worthy Christian Devotional – Daily Devotion » Fill your lamps!