Then shall the kingdom of heaven be likened unto ten virgins, which took their lamps, and went forth to meet the bridegroom.
And five of them were wise, and five were foolish.
They that were foolish took their lamps, and took no oil with them:
But the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps.
While the bridegroom tarried, they all slumbered and slept.
And at midnight there was a cry made, Behold, the bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet him.
Then all those virgins arose, and trimmed their lamps.
And the foolish said unto the wise, Give us of your oil; for our lamps are gone out.
But the wise answered, saying, Not so; lest there be not enough for us and you: but go ye rather to them that sell, and buy for yourselves.
And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came; and they that were ready went in with him to the marriage: and the door was shut.
Afterward came also the other virgins, saying, Lord, Lord, open to us.
But he answered and said, Verily I say unto you, I know you not.
Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man cometh.”
What does the oil represent and How do I fill my vessel?
The oil is a representation of spiritual preparedness. This type of oil is accumulated by righteous living, one choice at a time... one drop at a time. As we exercise the faith necessary to walk in line with God's will, He in turn strengthens our faith and righteous living becomes natural and instinctive. As we discussed last week, those who are prepared (the elect) are those who "hear the voice of God and harden not their hearts" and those who are filled with charity. A life devoted to the becoming of these qualities is the life of filling one's vessel.
In this process, the fundamental need for the grace (enabling power) of Jesus Christ cannot be overstated! Each of us will misstep at times. I am SO grateful for a loving Father who tenderly beckons me back into His fold through the infinite Atonement of His Son. Drawing on His grace is essential to filling my vessel.
Why didn't the wise share their oil?"The wise were not unkind or selfish when they refused oil to the foolish in the moment of truth. The kind of oil needed by all of us to light up the darkness and illuminate the way is not shareable."
"How can one share the blessings that come through visiting the sick? How can one share in the blessings that come from assisting the widow or the fatherless? How can one share a personal testimony? How can one share the blessings of conference attendance? How can one share the lesson of obedience learned in living the principle of tithing? Certainly each must accumulate this kind of oil for himself. Let us not procrastinate. Midnight is so far and yet so close to those who have procrastinated. “But behold, your days of probation are past; ye have procrastinated the day of your salvation until it is everlastingly too late, and your destruction is made sure. …” (Hel. 13:38.) "
Now is the time to prepare to meet God! What a gift it is to live a life of devotion to the Father! The peace and assurance that are born of this commitment are beyond price. Don't be one who falls victim to the fallacy that midnight will never come. While no man knows the day or hour that the Son will come... we can be certain that He indeed will return to redeem His people! The signs He gave as a warning for those who would follow Him are upon us! The responsibility to fill our lamps is one which we must not procrastinate. Today is the day to seek His grace in walking in His will!