Day 1: The Importance of Oil
They that were foolish took their lamps, and took no oil with them: But the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps.Mathew 25:3-4 (KJV)
Reflection: Oil is the sustenance for the lamp, much like how our faith and the Holy Spirit sustain us. Without the oil, the lamp serves no purpose. Similarly, without faith and the Spirit, our lives become barren, lacking the light that guides us and others to Christ.
Illustration: Imagine going camping and realizing you forgot the batteries for your flashlight. Your plans for a nighttime hike or reading under the stars are foiled. It’s not the flashlight that’s the issue; it’s the missing component that gives it life—much like how our spiritual life lacks vigor and direction without faith and the Holy Spirit.
Prayer: Dear Lord, we ask for the wisdom to keep our spiritual “lamps” filled. May we always strive to be ready, with a faith that never runs dry. Amen.