Ten Virgins- Five Wise and Five Foolish
Updated: Jan 26, 2020
Jesus tells this story to illustrate the importance of being spiritually prepared when the time comes for him to take his people to heaven. In this example, He is the bridegroom and the marriage feast represents heaven. The five foolish bridesmaids, who were not prepared, were not allowed into the feast, just as those who do not accept Jesus as their Savior are not welcomed into heaven. This parable about being spiritually prepared, makes me think of my salvation story. I grew up in the Catholic church and always believed in God, however, I wouldn't say I had a close, personal relationship with Him. In my early twenties, I was going to mass regularly, but my heart was not in it. I viewed it as a task to check off each week. To be honest, spiritual growth was not a priority at that time. I was going through a bit of a wild period in my life. I was partying every weekend, typically drinking way too much alcohol. God protected me from many stupid decisions that put me in vulnerable situations, like accepting drinks and rides home with guys I barely knew. A friend invited me to a new church. I enjoyed the services but remember thinking that I wasn't ready to become a Christian just yet. I wasn't ready to be "that good". I wanted to have fun for a little longer and then settle down. That same friend explained to me that salvation wasn't something you had to clean yourself up for. God meets us wherever we are at. Salvation is about believing that Jesus is the Son of God and he came to earth to die on a cross so that our sins would be forgiven. Whoever believes in him will receive the gift of eternal life. All we have to do is accept this precious gift. I love how Paul describes it:
We are made right in God’s sight when we trust in Jesus Christ to take away our sins. And we all can be saved in this same way, no matter who we are or what we have done. For all have sinned; all fall short of God’s glorious standard. Yet now God in his gracious kindness declares us not guilty. He has done this through Christ Jesus, who has freed us by taking away our sins.
I knew that I believed this, so that night I said a prayer, accepting Jesus as my Lord and Savior. After that day, God gradually made changes in me. I no longer had the desire to get drunk every weekend. Going to church became something I looked forward to, rather than something I was supposed to do. As I started to mature spiritually, grow closer to God and make wiser decisions, I realized how much better life was with Jesus by my side. I'm glad Jesus didn't come to take his people to heaven during that rebellious time of my life when I felt like I needed to have a little more fun before committing to Him. I don’t know if I would have been invited. Life is precious. We truly don't know when our last day will be. We must always be prepared to meet with God. My goal at the end of my life here on earth, whether that is next week or in 50 years, is to have Jesus welcome me into heaven saying, "Well done, good and faithful servant." It's not about being perfect. It's about being in a relationship with our Savior and realizing our life is better when we are following Him.
1. Think about when you first accepted the gift of salvation. Did you notice God nudging you to make changes in your life to bring you closer to him? If you have not accepted this gift yet, I encourage you to think about what reservations you have and pray honestly to God. Trust me, He can take it.
2. Are there changes in your life that are needed right now to bring you closer to God?
3. What feelings arise when you think about what happens after your life here on earth is finished?
4. Is there someone in your life that has not accepted the gift salvation that you can be praying for and sharing your faith with?