“And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came … and the door was shut.” (Matthew 25:10)
The story is told of a farmer who called an insurance agency in the middle of a hurricane and said “Hello, hello I’d like to buy some insurance for my silo—O my Lord there it goes!”
In The Parable of the Wise and Foolish Virgins Jesus teaches that the wise virgins had oil in their lamps when the Bridegroom returned but the foolish virgins did not. Oil is a symbol of the Holy Spirit. When those who had no oil came to those who had oil to get some they were told they had to get oil of their own, but it was too late. The Bridegroom had come and the door was shut! The teaching of Jesus is that there are two kinds of people in this world – spiritual and secular. When He comes the spiritual people will be taken and the secular left – and it will be too late then to become a spiritual person.
When I was a child in Sunday school a teacher put a black velvet tablecloth on a card table. On that cloth she had thousands of straight pins and matchsticks all mixed up together. She then passed a powerful magnet over the table. The straight pins were caught up and stuck to the magnet while the matchsticks were left on the table. This illustrated the teaching that when Jesus returns one will be taken and the other left. I stood in front of that table with big eyes and decided that I was going to be a “straight pin!”
Are you a matchstick or a straight pin? Don’t let the plague of procrastination keep you from being taken when He returns.