Sermon in a nutshell: Matthew 25:1-13
We love sharing. We share our Gospel and we share our resources with those who are less fortunate. However, there are things that we cannot share. Some things have to be done individually. For example, I cannot eat foods for the hungry people. I can share foods with them but they are the ones who have to eat them. I cannot do exercise for others. If other people want to have muscles, they have to work out. I cannot study for others. They have to study for themselves. Even though we are God’s people there are things that we cannot share.
One of the things that we cannot share is “oil” for the lamp that Jesus is talking about in today’s Bible passage. The “lamp” and “oil” are used as analogies for the Kingdom of God, God’s reign. So, the meaning of those two items should be understood in the light of God’s Kingdom, where God is honored and obeyed as the King!
Then what is the “lamp” in the Bible? Bible says our eyes are the lamp of our body. “Your eye is the lamp of your body; when your eye is sound, your whole body is sound, your whole body is full of light; but when it is not sound, and your body is full of darkness.” (Luke 11:34) Now we know that the right “oil” for this lamp is the biblical “view-point.” If we do not cultivate biblical view point about self, suffering, history, money, world, universe, we are not ready to meet the groom on that day!
In the Old Testament, sometimes God’s commandment is called a lamp. “For a commandment is a lamp and the Torah is light; and reproving discipline is the way of life.” (Proverbs 6:23). In this case, diligent meditation and practice of God’s commandment is “oil.” Without that oil, the lamp will not have any light. We should prepare our way by meditating and practicing God’s commandments.
The Bible also calls our soul is the “lamp.” “A man’s soul is the lamp of God, which searches the chambers of one’s innards.” (Proverbs 20:27) In this case, fellowship with God should be “oil” for the lamp. Without that fellowship with God, chambers of our inner self would not be found. We do not know who we really are and whose we are. Our inner self would stay in darkness!
Now we know why the wise five women could not share their oil! It is not sharable! Everybody has to cultivate their own oil. We have to meditate the Bible day and night to have biblical value, view-point, and vision. We have to have constant fellowship with God to know God’s will in our lives. We have to keep practicing God’s love in our lives to train our spiritual muscles to do God’s works. Those “oils” cannot be nurtured within a day or two. They are not to be purchased with money, either. Such oil has to be produced in ourselves. May this time of waiting be the time to produce pure and holy oil in our soul!
- What are the spiritual discipline that I have to nurture my biblical value, view-point, and vision?
- What are the things that I do to practice God’s love in practical ways in my daily life?