Matthew 25:3 (NASB) For when the foolish took their lamps, they took no oil with them,
We should have known there was trouble by the sound it was making. While working with some men clearing a friend's field, we began to cut the trees that he had marked to be cut down with our chainsaws. About half way through the second tree, my friend's chainsaw began making a rather funny squeal. We immediately shut down the saw to investigate. Some mud had clogged the port for the chain bar oil. So, the blade began to squeak. Today's verse speaks of the foolish who took their lamps but took no oil for them. As I look back, I guess we were the foolish ones for once. My friend began to pull the chainsaw apart and all the bar oil leaked out.. Once the port was cleaned, we put the saw back together. We added fresh gasoline, and then it was time for the bar chain oil. The only problem was that we didn't bring any with us. We were miles away from where we parked the trucks! Sometimes in life, it pays to make sure you have all you need to complete the job. I can't imagine going through life without God's Word, Christ in our hearts, and the power of the Holy Spirit. Anything less is going to be a waste of time having to retrace our steps to get what we need. Why not start out with Him in the first place and save ourselves some extra hard work? Don't be a fool, bring what you need, and for me it's Christ! How about you?
TOM SEMBER has been involved in ministering to men for over 20 years. He is an ordained minister with the AG in the NY Ministry Network. Tom lives with his wife, Carolyn, and children in New York. You can connect with Tom on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.
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