Oil is not just a mundane substance; it holds profound spiritual significance, much like the parable of the ten virgins in Matthew 25:1-13 suggests. Just as a car requires oil to function, we, as believers, need the oil of the Holy Spirit in our lives.
In this parable, we encounter ten virgins (a symbol of purity) awaiting the bridegroom, who represents Jesus, while the bride represents the church. The lamps held by these virgins represent the structures that contain the oil. All ten had the capacity to keep the oil and produce light, symbolising our potential. God provides us with the structure, but it comes at a cost. Just as oil doesn’t come without a price, pursuing your anointing—what God has called you to do—requires effort and dedication.
Salvation is freely given, but anointing demands something from you. It’s not about being in or out; it’s about having the oil within you. Oil differentiates between the wise and the foolish, signifying preparedness and readiness in your spiritual journey.
The process of obtaining this anointing can be bitter, as highlighted in Exodus 30:22-32, but it’s through the crushing and surrender of your life to God that the oil is produced. Your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 6:19), and what’s inside you determines the level of anointing upon your life.
Isaiah 10:27 tells us that the oil breaks the yoke, symbolising the transformative power of the Holy Spirit. This anointing empowers you to fulfil your purpose, as mentioned in 1 John 2:20 and Isaiah 61:1. Like the costly perfume in Psalm 133:1-3, your oil creates a fragrant aroma that impacts the world.
Acts 2:16-17 and Psalm 45:8 underscore the significance of the Holy Spirit’s anointing in our lives. So, don’t just be ready when you think you should be; pursue your anointing with diligence, knowing that it is a precious and transformative gift from God, setting you apart for His purpose and glory.