How long do you think a NASCAR driver would travel on a racetrack without oil in his engine or water in his radiator? We are in a race to win the crown that awaits us at the end of life's journey. It is important to take along the necessary things to make it to the end.
Like the race car driver who needs oil and water to run his car, we need certain things too. We need the oil in our lamps. Oil is symbolic of the Holy Spirit in the New Testament. Water speaks of the washing of the Word to cleanse our minds and soul.
At that time the kingdom of heaven will be like ten virgins who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom (Matthew 25:1 NIV).
...to make her holy, cleansing her by the washing with water through the word... (Ephesians 5:26 NIV).
We may stumble or sometimes slow down but as long as we keep on going we will make it. No driver in a race goes back to the starting line. They need to stay focused on where they are heading especially during the last mile of the race. There is no going back and starting over. We must press toward the mark of that high calling in Christ Jesus.
I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus (Philippians 3:14).
The way to win is by PRESSING IN. Press into God by praying, daily reading and studying the Bible. Let the water of His Word wash you. This will keep you holy.
The oil of the Holy Spirit in your lamp will refresh you during the race. This is the anointing of God's presence in your life.
Yes, this is the only race that really counts. We are racing towards our DESTINY. We need to focus on that last mile because heaven awaits us. There we will meet Jesus Christ our Lord, the one who died for us. On your mark, get set, ready, GO!