The Lord has no desire that any that serve Him as such should remain ignorant concerning His will for their lives, yet many I have met over the decades who claim to serve Him cannot expound upon even the most basic precepts of the Scriptures.
Perhaps I have just met the wrong people, perhaps they do not desire to pray for wisdom.
“If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.” (James 1:5)
Perhaps they believe all the Spiritual discernment they need can be found from the pastor’s lips. “For this cause we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to desire that ye might be filled with the knowledge of his will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding;” (Col. 1:9)
Without asking you will never be fully prepared to see the difference between the good and the evil, without studying the Word of God, and that diligently in prayer and contemplation, you will never truly grasp John 8:32. “And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”
I fear the easy ride is almost over my friends, many who believe themselves to be the wheat will soon find out they were only the chaff all along, and they, in their own words and with much pleading will say, “Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?” (Matt. 7:22)
Consider this truth, those ten virgins, of which only five had enough oil, those other five that did not and left to seek more were standing for a long time with those who had prepared, and those five who did have enough oil counted them as brothers and sisters in Christ. Right up until the moment they refused to share their oil. Does this remind you of Matthew 7:6? “Give not that which is holy unto the dogs, neither cast ye your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn again and rend you.”
The parable is many fold, but two of the main objects of it are to show that there are those among the saved who are not, and they are well versed in how to deceive not only the ones who have been born-again, but themselves as well.
The second point being they would not share their oil.
Wisdom says that if those five were intermingled with the five who were truly saved, they were adept deceivers.
Spiritual discernment reveals that they were at least partially accepted as such.
The ability to discern between good and evil was a blessing upon the five who had enough oil, for they refused to share the oil they had.
And the truth was shown when those five returned and the door was shut to them, permanently.
“This people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoureth me with their lips; but their heart is far from me.” (Matt. 15:8)
You know people who claim to be saved, yet there is something amiss about them, something that just does not portray the image of Christ. The question is, do you bring this up to them?
There was a commercial long ago that stated, “Friends don’t let friends drive drunk.” I add to it, in a manner here, friends don’t let friends go to hell, if there is anything that they can do about it. Embarrassment must die, fear of failing to say the right words, of losing their friendship must be put away.
“If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you.” (John 15:18)
If they are of the world, they will indeed hate you when the conversation is over, if they are your brother or sister in Christ, they will wholeheartedly thank you for your concern, for your care, for your words of love.
The blessing of wisdom will give you the right words, Spiritual discernment will reveal to you if it is even necessary to question them, the ability to discern between good and evil will be self-evident as soon as they respond to you, and the hope, in either case, is that the truth will set them free.
It is really very little to ask if you love your neighbor.