Sharing some words of wisdom from the savior of the world this morning. I don’t know about you, but I can always use a little more wisdom!!
No one lights a lamp and hides it in a clay jar or puts it under a bed. Instead, they put it on a stand, so that those who come in can see the light. This one has an easy reading and a more hidden reading. The easy to see reading is this – if you have accepted Jesus Christ as your Lord and savior, if you have accepted that free gift of eternal salvation for your heart, mind, body and soul, tell someone!! Your Christianity is not supposed to be a secret. Really, if you don’t have enough faith to be willing to share your faith, what faith do you have at all?? If your lamp has been lit by the love of Jesus Christ, don’t hide it under your bed, stuff it in your closet, or cover it with a bucket so it gets snuffed out altogether. Let it shine in the open, so oxygen can get to it and allow it to flourish. Maybe you’ll light somebody else’s lamp too.
I think a more hidden meaning to this is that Jesus was telling his disciples that they could understand the things He was teaching them. He had just told the parable of the sower, which he then stopped and specifically laid out for them the meaning of that story, what He meant by rocky soil, shallow soil, and good soil. He spoke His parables to both reveal and conceal. He wanted to reveal the kingdom of God to his followers who would take the time with a softened heart to understand. At the same time He was concealing from those with hard hearts who wouldn’t want to listen or understand anyway.
We can understand what Jesus is telling us. Some things come quickly, some take a little longer. I believe the bible is a story of the progressive revelation of God to His people, beginning with Abraham, through Moses and the prophets, progressing with the full revelation in Jesus Christ. However, I don’t believe we have fully understood the full revelation of Jesus completely yet. Even that full revelation has come to us progressively. In other words, I just don’t think we fully get all that Jesus was. Two thousand years later, our hearts are still hard to some of the things Jesus was teaching. Some things we don’t fully understand because we don’t actually want to understand. If we understood, we would have to actually make a decision that could affect our easy comfortable lives right now. Some things are just not meant for us to get just yet, I suppose. One thing is for sure, we are not going to understand if we don’t seek to understand. We are not going to understand by hiding our lights under a bucket.
For there is nothing hidden that will not be disclosed, and nothing concealed that will not be known or brought out into the open. Sometimes we try to hide things from ourselves. We tell ourselves looking at certain websites, or watching certain tv shows or movies is ok. We tell ourselves it’s ok to use certain substances, pretending like we don’t know there are consequences for our actions. We avoid going to the doctor for those symptoms, well, because sometimes we just don’t want to know the truth.
Sometimes we hide things from other people. But this makes us sick inside our souls. Rick Warren likes to say we’re only as sick as our secrets. Our secrets make us sick, and they make us unhappy. They cause us stress. They cause anxiety. They cause sleepless nights. They make us hide behind walls, keeping us from the very relationships God designed us for. They cause us to have more secrets, because we do more things we shouldn’t be doing to deal with the secrets we are already keeping.
We try to hide things from God. Bur even as we try, we already know that He knows anyway. Yet we still try…
And, as with the first verse here, some things are still hidden from us, some things we still don’t understand. But even those secret things in the kingdom of God will be made known at the right time.
Therefore consider carefully how you listen. Whoever has will be given more; whoever does not have, even what they think they have will be taken from them. The more we use what we have, the more that comes back to us. If you are in good shape and continue working out, the stronger you will become. If you are overweight and out of shape, and spend more time on the couch, the more your condition worsens. You think you are just fine, then more and more bad health reports come in. The more a student learns, the more they are able to learn. But if you stop trying to learn more, you will soon forget even the knowledge you have now.
So it is with our faith in Christ. If your lamp is lit, your faith is ignited, and you choose to let it shine, it will grow stronger and stronger. But if we hide it under our beds, keep our faith quiet, keep it in this one little “pocket” of our lives, that lamp will be suffocated for a lack of oxygen.
In life we are either moving forward, or we are moving backward. Standing still is just an illusion.
““No one lights a lamp and hides it in a clay jar or puts it under a bed. Instead, they put it on a stand, so that those who come in can see the light. For there is nothing hidden that will not be disclosed, and nothing concealed that will not be known or brought out into the open. Therefore consider carefully how you listen. Whoever has will be given more; whoever does not have, even what they think they have will be taken from them.””
Luke 8:16-18 NIV