Thursday, April 7, 2016

The secret oil

What, then, is this secret oil that's so indispensibly necessary? It is faith, the faith that unites us with Christ and lets us live inside of us.  Where that faith exists is where you're ready to meet Him when He comes.  Through that faith you constantly live in the forgiveness of sins.  Even when you can think about Jesus.  Even when you sleep.  Even if you lie unconscious and near death.

What can you do to get the oil? The answer: use God's Words and pray, diligently go to Your Savior's communion, watch over your heart so that you don't extinguish the Spirit and don't close the door to the Savior.

Bo Giertz, "To Live with Christ," pages 734-35, in reference to Matthew 25:1-13