PLEASE READ THIS FIRST: Matthew 25:1-13
What do you sense the Lord saying to you in this passage?
“But he replied, ‘Truly I tell you, I don’t know you.’” (Matthew 25:12)
Jesus is describing a group of people waiting for the kingdom of God.
All ten of these maidens are waiting for the kingdom, but only 5 are wise.
Is there a large group in the church that Jesus does not know?
In Matthew 7, these false disciples were said to be ‘evildoers’.
That is, they claimed forgiveness, but they did not change their ways.
Jesus has given us His Spirit (sometimes symbolized by oil).
The Spirit is working in us to produce love, joy, peace, etc.
If we do not attempt to grow in these, we show we do not know Him.
We have access to the oil (Spirit) but we need ‘be filled’ with it (Ephesians 5:18).
We share in the oil of the Spirit, but is it increasing in us (2 Peter 1:3-9)?
Following Jesus is not just accepting forgiveness; it is joining Him in fighting sin.
He will help us, but if we don’t make use of His help, then He won’t recognize us!
Knowing Jesus is not enough, we need to be known by Jesus (a two way relationship).
If I never show up to withdraw from His reservoir of ‘oil’, how will He know me?
Lord, You are waiting for me everyday to seek Your oil. As I come, not only do I get to know You but You get to know me. I want to know You, and I want You to know me!