21 His master said to him, Well done, you upright (honorable, admirable) and faithful servant! You have been faithful and trustworthy over a little; I will put you in charge of much. Enter into and share the joy — the delight, the blessedness — which your master enjoys.
I believe the Lord gives us simple tasks to begin with. We all must have a consistent prayer life. We must have our reading time set apart everyday so the Word of God will live inside of us. In the book of Psalms 145-150, the word praise is penned 51 times in the Amplified. Praise and worship are so very needed in our everyday life to cultivate the presence of the Lord and to battle the enemy.
These are spiritual duties that are expected of every Christian. Without them there is no power from on High to be victorious. The devil will do what he can to stop you from performing these duties because he knows how valuable they are.
Then there are the humbling duties. Maybe the Lord gives a big Church to one and a small Church to another. Does the bigger Church have a greater reward? The key is being faithful and content with what you have been given. Our mind tells us that the smaller tasks are not that important, so they are easier to give up on.
I believe this is the key to having extra oil in your lamp. The foolish virgins did not have enough oil but the wise had extra oil. The Lord told the foolish virgins that He did not know them and was not acquainted with Him. They were not faithful in spending time in prayer and worship which draws us to Him.
Then the Lord took away the talents from the foolish and gave them to the wise. He said to them, “For to everyone who has will more be given, and he will be furnished richly so that he will have abundance,” (verse 29).
I think this is where the extra oil comes from in verse 4. The wise virgins were faithful in the smaller duties that to the naked eye seemed unimportant when they were actually their lifeline to victory.
The Lord is always looking into our hearts. He knows every why behind the what. He sees our every motive. He is searching for those who will love Him with all that they are. He is not looking for any who are ambitiously seeking the Lord for prestige and fame. That will get the door shut in your face.
Psalm 145:19 He will fulfill the desire of those who reverently and worshipfully fear Him, He also will hear their cry, and He will save them. Amp.