What the Bible Says About Diligence – Parable of the Ten Virgins

Bible Summary. In the Parable of the Ten Virgins, the five wise virgins were diligent in that they followed through on their knowledge and took extra oil with them. Even though the wise virgins slept while waiting for the groom, their hearts were in the right place and they had acted in earnest to be ready for the bridegroom. Both the foolish and wise virgin persevered in their calling to greet the bridegroom, but only the wise virgins succeeded because they were fully prepared to fulfill their calling. We need to ask ourselves if we are like the wise virgins or the foolish virgins? How will God judge us in regard to our faithfulness and diligence. See below for Biblical advice and scriptures concerning the diligence and the Parable of the Ten Virgins.

The Parable of the Ten Virgins

Last Judgment and the Wise and Foolish Virgins
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The Bible Tells Us That the Diligent Are Wise.

In the Bible parable of the Ten Virgins both the wise and foolish virgins had the same knowledge, the same facts, and the same circumstances. The difference is that the wise virgins were diligent in that they followed through on their knowledge and took extra oil with them. Matthew 25:4 tells us about how the diligent who stay prepared are wise.

Matthew 25:4, “But the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps.”

What the Bible Says About Having Lapses in Diligence.

In the Parable of the Ten Virgins the primary difference between the wise and foolish virgins was that the wise virgins were well prepared with extra lamp oil when they fell asleep. It may have been better if the wise virgins had not slept, but these wise virgins’ hearts were in the right place and they had acted in earnest to be ready for the bridegroom. Matthew 25:5 tells us how even the wise virgins fell short.

Matthew 25:5, “While the bridegroom tarried, they all slumbered and slept.

What the Bible Says About Perseverance Without Preparation.

The Bible tells us that perseverance and preparation go together. In the Parable of the Ten Virgins both the foolish and wise virgin persevered in their calling, but only the wise virgins succeeded. Matthew 25:10 tells us how the foolish virgins were shut out due to their lack of preparation.

Matthew 25:10, “And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came; and they that were ready went in with him to the marriage: and the door was shut.”

What the Bible Says When You Lack Diligence in Your Faith.

In reflecting on the Parable of the Ten Virgins we need to ask ourselves, what will God say when we meet Him in Heaven? Will He say that He does not know us because we were not diligent in our faith? How different are we from the five foolish virgins that did not fulfill their responsibilities? Matthew 25:12 advises us that the Lord did not recognize or know the foolish virgins.

Matthew 25:12, “But he answered and said, Verily I say unto you, I know you not.”

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