(BERT FARIAS ) Lethargy is a huge problem in the church today. This message is so important because of the dullness of people’s ears. We need an electric word that acts like a live wire to shake and arouse us from our doldrums and lethargy. “Those who were foolish took their lamps, but took no oil with them. 4 But the wise took jars of oil with their lamps” (Matt. 25:3-4). In the parable of the 10 virgins, the fundamental difference in the preparedness of the wise and foolish virgins was that the wise kept extra oil in an added vessel and the foolish did not.
Oil, of course, is symbolic of the Holy Spirit. The psalmist of old said, “I shall be anointed with fresh oil” (Ps. 92:10). In other words, oil gets old and stale and we need to be anointed with fresh oil. Oil is the dividing line between the wise and foolish virgins (Matt. 25:1-13). If we received all the oil we need at salvation, why would we need a parable like this? The point many of us can miss in this parable is that our lives have got to match up to what the baptism in the Holy Spirit has come to do to us, in us and through us. Do we have a diminishing or a replenishing supply of the Holy Spirit in our lives? That is the dividing line. FULL REPORT