2. We are to be ready
The Parable of the Virgins is a teaching on who is and who is not at the Heavenly banquet. As usual Jesus is using a common life situation to explain a deep spiritual truth. This spiritual truth is that everyone is not included. This is a bit shocking to the ears of modern people who are so focused on their rights that they blindly assume everyone gets into Heaven. This is not what the Bible says. Many people neglect to check this out, are deceived by false teachers and exclude themselves by rejecting the free gift of forgiveness and salvation offered by Jesus Christ. We have to be clear that It is not God or Jesus who rejects them. In these last days many people have been deceived by false teachers, lost their faith and neglected their spiritual life. In the Parable the difference between those who are included and excluded from the wedding banquet is based on who brought extra oil. If the wedding banquet stands for the Heavenly banquet, the question is what does the oil stand for? Jesus gives us a clue in the Parable by having the Bridegroom say "I don't know you" to those outside the locked door (Matthew 25.12b). This suggests that having a personal relationship with Jesus is very important. The oil could then represent the love relationship of the individual for Jesus. Oil is a form of stored energy or stored fire so this could easily be a reference to the fire of the love the individual felt for Jesus. We experience that fire of love in the Holy Spirit that Jesus sends to everyone who makes a decision and develops a relationship. Our experience of the Holy Spirit is evidence that we have the oil or love relationship required for admission.
3. We are to be in relationship
At our wedding, Lucille and I chose to have the Joshua reading. My family has chosen to serve Jesus Christ as the Lord and Saviour. We have been blessed ever since. We have hope.