For unto every one that hath shall be given, and he shall have abundance: but from him that hath not shall be taken away even that which he hath.
In the first part of Matthew 25 Jesus sets the expectations. We are to have oil in our lamps and be watching because the bridegroom comes to us at midnight many times when it is the darkest. We will not be able to see Him and minister to Him if our lamps have gone out from a lack of oil.
Then in the middle part of the chapter Jesus explains that if we don’t double our talent it will be taken from us. Whether we are given five talents, two talents or maybe even only one we are to double those talents and if we don’t then what we have will be taken from us and given to someone who will double them.
In the last past of Matthew 25 Jesus gives an example of how the whole thing works. Those that recognized the bridegroom coming to them through the hungry, thirsty, strangers, naked, sick and imprisoned inherited the kingdom of heaven. They were the five wise virgins who had oil in their lamps.
However those that preferred their bed of ease to ministering to the hungry, thirsty, strangers, naked, sick and imprisoned were foolish virgins with no oil and could not see the bridegroom coming to them in the midnight hour.
The oil in the lamp is the love of God. Romans 5:5, “And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.” If we do not allow the love of God to fill our being, our lamps will be darkened and we will not recognize the Lord when He comes to us as the hungry, thirsty, strangers, naked, sick and imprisoned, giving us an opportunity to minister to Him and double our talent.
We double our love by giving it away and we are able to see Jesus in the middle of the hungry, thirsty, strangers, naked, sick and imprisoned when our hearts are filled with the love of God.