The critical difference between the two groups of virgins
We already concluded there was no visible difference between the five wise and the five foolish virgins. The ten virgins did what was expected of them. The critical difference, therefore, must concern their attitude and how they think. Misunderstanding of which attitude we are to have, stems from misunderstanding what the Kingdom of Heaven requires. The Kingdom of Heaven requires the “new birth,” no exceptions. The new birth does not result from the change in behavior or change in what we do. The new birth IS THE CHANGE OF ATTITUDE and change in the way we think. Only the yielded believers, who have adopted the attitude of Christ, qualify for the eternity in the Kingdom of God. No one could qualify for the Kingdom of God by being “good enough.” No one could be “good enough.” The yielded believers are, here and now, convinced that only Jesus Christ is good enough. This assurance qualifies them for the Kingdom of God.
The lack of change of attitude, and how we think, also results in a misunderstanding of the light. Many sincere Christians believe they must be “good lights.” However, the Bridegroom does not require us to be “good lights,” but to hold high the Light of the world. Jesus Christ is the Light of the world. “Then Jesus spoke again, ‘I am the light of the world. The one who follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life’.” John 8:12, NET. The self-centered attitude concludes that we are to be light. We, however, must be the lampstands from which the Light of the world will shine brightly in the dark world. The world must see Jesus, the Light in us; not us, if we have died so that Christ can live in us.
The five foolish virgins were convinced that they must have enough oil so they would shine brightly on their way to the wedding banquet. However, they did acquire enough oil, and yet could not enter the wedding banquet because the Bridegroom did not recognize them; they did not shine brightly. They thought they were the light, not the Bridegroom. The five wise ones, however, obeyed Jesus’ instruction to follow Him; He, in turn, got them to the wedding banquet.
Could we prepare for the coming of the Bridegroom? Read the next week’s blog.