Matthew 25:
“At 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 in coming, and they all became drowsy and fell asleep.
“At midnight the cry rang out: ‘Here’s the bridegroom! Come out to meet him!’
“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.’
“‘No,’ they replied, ‘there may not be enough for both us and you. Instead, go to those who sell oil and buy some for yourselves.’
10 “But while they were on their way to buy the oil, the bridegroom arrived. The virgins who were ready went in with him to the wedding banquet. And the door was shut.
11 “Later the others also came. ‘Lord, Lord,’ they said, ‘open the door for us!’
12 “But he replied, ‘Truly I tell you, I don’t know you.’
13 “Therefore keep watch, because you do not know the day or the hour.

It is easy to think of heaven and the future as a dreamy, happy time with boundless leisure.  The truth is that God is preparing a people who will rule and reign with Christ.  Eternity has incredible purpose for the child of God.  We are preparing for things we cannot imagine in the New World.  There is incredible purpose locked into God’s heart for our future. Are you ready for what’s to come?

What is the missing oil that you need in your lamp?  What spiritual maintenance do you need to have to be ready for God’s Call?

1.    First Love

Like the night party of women going out to meet the coming Bridegroom, there are those who have lost their light.  They have not maintained the importance of loving Christ above all else.  They have neglected their first love. 

Lloyd John Ogilvie made this observation:

“Jesus was saying much more about human nature than about God’s graciousness. There is a time when it’s too late.  Not for God, but for us.  The abundant life is offered to us.  We can miss the overtures of God each day.  But the issue is that repeated resistance results in a life which cannot appropriate the invitation to live forever with God after death.”[i]

[i] Lloyd John Ogilvie, Autobiography of God (Glendale: Regal Books, 1979), p.291