“Then all the virgins woke up and trimmed their lamps. The foolish ones said to the wise, ‘Give us some of your oil; our lamps are going out.’
“‘No,’ they replied, ‘there may not be enough for both us and you. Instead, go to those who sell oil and buy some for yourselves. “But while they were on their way to buy the oil, the bridegroom arrived. The virgins who were ready went in with him to the wedding banquet. And the door was shut.
“Later the others also came. ‘Lord, Lord,’ they said, ‘open the door for us!’
“But he replied, ‘Truly I tell you, I don’t know you.’
“Therefore keep watch, because you do not know the day or the hour.
Matthew 25: 7 – 13
I had a friend at school who was really good at getting people to help him. He would get people to proofread his essays, check over his homework with others to make sure his answers were right, and if there was group work he made sure to be paired with good partners. For a time it did him really well; he was able to stay on top all the way through school. But then came the end of year exams, where it was just him and the exam paper, and he bombed. You can use others to get you far in school, but in the end, you have to prove you know your stuff. Unfortunately, he didn’t.
There are moments in life when we need to take responsibility for our own actions. Just as the foolish virgins in this story couldn’t expect the others to bail them out, there are times when we can’t simply rely on others, we need to take responsibility and do what is right. Our goal is to make sure the realise what we need to do before it is too late.
Prayer: Lord God, you are the judge of all things. Thank you that you are patient and understanding with us, even when we find ourselves on the wrong path. Help us to take responsibility for our actions and act with wisdom and good judgement.
Action: What are you going to take responsibility for today?