Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Musing about the Ten Virgins

Matthew 25: 1-13

“At that time the kingdom of heaven will be like ten virgins who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom. 2 Five of them were foolish and five were wise. 3 The foolish ones took their lamps but did not take any oil with them. 4 The wise ones, however, took oil in jars along with their lamps. 5 The bridegroom was a long time in coming, and they all became drowsy and fell asleep.

6 “At midnight the cry rang out: ‘Here’s the bridegroom! Come out to meet him!’

7 “Then all the virgins woke up and trimmed their lamps. 8 The foolish ones said to the wise, ‘Give us some of your oil; our lamps are going out.’

9 “‘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.

I wonder about that daily.  At least daily lately, especially whenever I have an obsessive thought.  What gets me through is the fact that life here is only temporary.  Eternity is forever.  I am glad that one day all this will be over.  I hope that I have lived my life pleasing the Lord.

I spent so much of my life pleasing other people that I forgot that they too, just like me, are finite beings.  I struggled with that for many years.  I was indecisive and had low self-esteem.  I know that I still have a confidence issue but it seems that my struggle with having low self esteem is ending.

I know that I should be writing about the Ten Virgins parable, but I guess all of us have some interpretation as to how to live one's own life parallel to the Ten Virgins.  It does describe the church and how God will judge us.  Scarcely will the righteous be saved.  I can only imagine what will happen to the Ten Foolish Virgins.

As for me, I will be a Wise Virgin and serve the Lord.

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