Be Ever Ready to Serve

Posted on 27-Nov-2014

By Sergeant Jack Lim Kuan Wei of 12th Kuala Lumpur Company

October 25th, 2014

Jesus told the Parable of the Ten Virgins to his disciples. It is about ten virgins who took their lamp and went out to meet the bridegroom. Five of them were foolish and five were wise. The foolish ones took their lamps but did not take any oil with them while the wise ones took oil in jars along with them. However, the bridegroom was long in coming, and they became drowsy and fell asleep. 

At midnight, they heard a call that said the bridegroom has arrived. Then, they all woke up and trimmed their lamps, but the foolish ones who did not have enough oil to light their lamps asked the wise ones to give them some oil but was rejected. The  wise virgins then advised the foolish ones to go out and buy some oil, but when they were on their way to buy the oil, the bridegroom arrived, and the virgins who were ready went in with him to the wedding banquet and the door was then shut. After a while, the foolish ones also arrived and asked for the door to be opened, but the bridegroom replied, “Truly I tell you, I don’t know you.” Jesus concludes his parable by asking his disciples to keep watch, for we do not know the day nor the hour.  

As we refer to Ephesians 5:22-23, “Wives, submit yourselves to your husbands as to the Lord. For a husband has authority over his wife just as Christ has authority over the church; and Christ is himself the Saviour of the church, his body.” and in John 3:27-29, “to this John replied, “A person can receive only what is given them from heaven. You yourselves can testify that I said, ‘I am not the Messiah but am sent ahead of him.’ The bride belongs to the bridegroom. The friend who attends the bridegroom waits and listens for him, and is full of joy when he hears the bridegroom’s voice. That joy is mine, and it is now complete.’ , we can know that God refers to himself as the bridegroom and us, members of the church as the ten virgins to symbolise his love for us.

In this parable, Jesus talks to us about His second coming. The overall and unseen thrust is that Jesus will return at an unknown hour and that we must be ready, which means keeping our eyes fixed on Jesus at all times while we eagerly await his coming. We also must be born again through faith in Jesus Christ. As seen in the parable that all the virgins were sleeping when the bridegroom came, it doesn’t matter what are we doing when Christ returns, but we must be doing it in such a way that we do not need to ‘make things right’ (get more oil) when He comes again.

As we serve as NCOs, the leaders in our Company, we should also be ever ready in a way that when our officers ask us to do something, we will be ready to carry out the duties assigned to us. Every Company has NCOs Council and it is the duty of the NCOs Council to assist the Officers in running the Company. Let us all bring our respective Companiwa to a greater level!


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