“God’s kingdom is like ten young virgins who took oil lamps and went out to greet the bridegroom. Five were silly and five were smart. The silly virgins took lamps, but no extra oil. The smart virgins took jars of oil to feed their lamps. The bridegroom didn’t show up when they expected him, and they all fell asleep.
“In the middle of the night someone yelled out, ‘He’s here! The bride-groom’s here! Go out and greet him!’
“The ten virgins got up and got their lamps ready. The silly virgins said to the smart ones, ‘Our lamps are going out; lend us some of your oil.’
“They answered, ‘There might not be enough to go around; go buy your own.’
“They did, but while they were out buying oil, the bridegroom arrived. When everyone who was there to greet him had gone into the wedding feast, the door was locked.
“Much later, the other virgins, the silly ones, showed up and knocked on the door, saying, ‘Master, we’re here. Let us in.’
“He answered, ‘Do I know you? I don’t think I know you.’
“So stay alert. You have no idea when he might arrive.”
As I was researching about the oil, I ran across this verse from Exodus 30:31 AMPC; “And say to the Israelites, This is a holy anointing oil [symbol of the Holy Spirit], sacred to Me alone throughout your generations.” So if you go back and read this parable that Jesus gave with this definition in mind, the wise virgins weren’t just full of the Holy Spirit, they had reserves.
This word reserve means put aside or withheld for a future need. Can you imagine having so much of the Spirit in you that there’s a constant flow of oil in, on and through your life? It’s available for your present needs and your future needs. Anytime you need wisdom, the Spirit of the Lord gives it to you. Anytime you need counsel, the Holy Spirit leads you into all truth.
The silly virgins are those who are so preoccupied with other things, they don’t find the time to or think it important to spend time in the presence of God being filled with His Spirit. Their thoughts are on immediate things, forgetting that what they fill themselves with will also be readily available for their future needs. They think if they need a word, they can run to someone who is full of Oil and get from them but my friend, that’s not how it works.
Oh you can get advise from me or anyone, but who better to get it from then the Holy Spirit? Not only will He show you things, He will confirm it to you. He gently teaches you so that it leaves a lasting impression and always brings it back to your remembrance when you need it most.
I don’t want someone else’s leftovers. I want fresh oil. I want to taste and see for myself, not take a bite off your plate. What the Holy Spirit gives to me is for me, wouldn’t you rather have a meal prepared just for you? Exactly what will satisfy you, just what you like, custom made to order?
And when He returns, those filled with His Holy Spirit will also be recognized and joined with Him forever.
The [Holy] Spirit and the bride (the church, the true Christians) say, Come! And let him who is listening say, Come! And let everyone come who is thirsty [who is painfully conscious of his need of those things by which the soul is refreshed, supported, and strengthened]; and whoever [earnestly] desires to do it, let him come, take, appropriate, and drink the water of Life without cost. Revelations 22:17 AMPC