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22nd November 2023

Give me oil in my lamp

Oil is one of the symbols associated with the Holy Spirit in the Scriptures.
Those ‘In Christ’ are a people who the Holy Spirit dwells in (John 14:17; Titus 3:5; 2 Peter1:4).
Hosts of His presence so that the light of Christ can shine in us & through us.
When we are thinking about oil & lamps a well-known parable of Jesus quickly springs to mind.
The parable of the wise & foolish virgins (Matthew 25:1-13) will be our focus for today.

“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. Matthew 25:6-10 NKJV

The context of this parable is waiting for the bridegroom (Christ) to return.
During the bridegrooms delay each of the 10 virgin’s slumbers & sleeps.
Similarly, they all hear the cry at midnight when the bridegroom is coming.
However only 5 of them, the wise ones we are told, have their lamps fully ready with sufficient oil to burn bright.
These 5 were the only ones admitted into the wedding.

The point Jesus is making is that whilst we wait (in this overlap of the ages) we must always be ready & prepared.
Our lamps (lives) must be trimmed (in proper working order) & we need a generous & fresh supply of oil.
Oil being a symbol of the Holy Spirit. We need an active ongoing relationship with Him.
Nobody knows the day or hour of Christ’s return, so readiness is our daily discipline.
Awake, aware, alert, attentive & primed ready for action. SELAH.

We are to be ever watchful whilst we patiently wait & endure.
Believers therefore need a constant flow of fresh oil from the Holy Spirit.
This requires the development & deepening of our relationship with the Holy Spirit.
This necessitates being together & hearing, heeding & taking to heart the instruction & direction of the Spirit.
It is only in this way that we can keep burning strong & shining bright for the Lord.
We can be all be encouraged, strengthened & assisted in our faith by others. This is good & to be commended.
However, this parable also demonstrates that each of us is ultimately responsible for our spiritual health & condition. SELAH
Give me oil for my lamp Lord. Keep me in close fellowship with the Holy Spirit. Hallelujah!!

For Reflection

  • In what ways am I being watchful as I wait for Christ to come again?
  • How am I developing & deepening my relationship with the Holy Spirit?
  • Meditate upon our constant need of the Holy Spirits’ oil in our lives.

A song related to this theme:


Heavenly Father,
Thank you that You generously supply all I need for life & godliness,
Help & strengthen me to be fully disciplined in my spiritual life & relationship with You.
Jesus thank you that You are coming again for Your people,
And to bring in the fullness of Your Kingdom in God’s glorious New Creation.
Holy Spirit teach & train me to trim the wick of my life well,
And keep me readily supplied with a fresh flow of Your oil,
Keep me ready & prepared as I wait & watch for the bridegroom coming.
This I ask in the mighty Name of Jesus.

Written by Gareth Jones

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