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Lamps Without Oil (Matthew 25:1-13)

Lamps Without Oil Matthew 25:1-13

Matthew 25:1-13

I. Wasted Preparation

    A. Ancient east wedding custom
    B. The foolish tried to get by with minimum effort and ran out of oil

II. Individual Responsibility

    A. Though we are a part of the body that Jesus will save (Ephesians 5:23), we must individually work out our own salvation (Philippians 2:12-13)
    B. I must let my light shine (Matthew 5:14-16)
    C. The body is made up of individual members (Romans 12:4-5; 1 Corinthians 12:12-14, 27)

III. Proper Preparation

    A. Do not deny the power of personal godliness (2 Timothy 3:5)
    B. Do not doubt the power of God to provide (Genesis 22:7; John 1:29)
    C. Do not rely on minimal effort

      1. In living (Ephesians 4:1; 1 Corinthians 15:58; Luke 6:27-31)
      2. In giving (2 Corinthians 8:1-5; 9:6)
      3. In forgiving (Luke 6:32-36)

Read the New Testament in a year, one chapter a day, five days a week

Day 150/260: Read Matthew 25

The principle of stewardship is found throughout God’s Word, but perhaps the point is best made by our Lord in the parable of the talents.

God has entrusted to us something of great value. What we do with it will directly impact our ultimate reward from Him. The men who received five and two talents when out and doubled their master’s wealth. The one who received one, however, hid it out of laziness and used fear as an excuse.

The master’s estimation of this man is telling. He calls him “wicked and lazy.” The servant had done nothing that was morally reprehensible by the standards we would usually use to measure wickedness, but because of his slothfulness he was called “wicked.”

The other two servants, however, were commended for their efforts. They were called “good and faithful” and each was made a “ruler over many things.” They were invited to “enter into the joy of your lord.” The Lord blesses those who are diligent in doing His will.

If the Master were to return today, how would He rate your service? Would you be called “good and faithful” because you have worked for Him? Or would you be called “wicked and lazy” because of apathy and indifference?

Memory (Recite to a friend without looking)

Matthew 22:14. For many are called, but few are chosen.


Pray for stronger faith to trust and obey the Lord and to be active about the work in His kingdom.