“No one lights a lamp and puts it in a place where it will be hidden, or under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, so that those who come in may see the light.”
Why do we hide our light? A light was meant to show the way, it was meant to illuminate the dark places, be a beacon to others. When we don’t shine our light, put it in a places for everyone to see, we deny its use. It wasn’t meant to be hid away. It’s not a precious jewel to store in a safe somewhere, only to be brought out when we want to look at it, admire its beauty. Its whole purpose is only made clear when we use our light to aid others. Our light reaches its fulfillment only in service to others.
The darkness around us has grown. It seems like every year, every month, every day brings some new horror, some new depravity that humans have sunk to commit. Just when we thought it couldn’t get any worse, the world becomes worse. Just when we thought people couldn’t treat each other worse, couldn’t wallow in sin any more than they already did, they sink even lower. It seems like a vision of a Christian nation anywhere is just a dream, something that can never be attained because the darkness is too great and the light is too small.
But one thing no one ever counts on and the thing we seem to forget the quickest is that the darker it becomes, the brighter our light glows. The darker the path becomes, the more the people gather around the light. When the people look around and all they can see is darkness, they cast their eyes on the hills, waiting for the beacon to shine. Oh, they’ll gather around false light because they assume it’s real. They’ll chase after the lightning bug because they admire its brightness. But like any false light, it soon fades into darkness. The light of Christ never fades. It only grows brighter.
The disciple lets his light shine before all men.
Application: Do you shine brightly for others with the light God has given to you? Or do you hide away your light because of fear or something else?
1 Samuel 19-21; Luke 11:29-54