Mark Has Some Good News, Part 16, Is Your Voice Bulb Broken?
A Lamp Under a Basket
21 And he said to them, "Is a lamp brought in to be put under a basket, or under a bed, and not on a stand? 22 For nothing is hidden except to be made manifest; nor is anything secret except to come to light. 23 If anyone has ears to hear, let him hear." 24 And he said to them, "Pay attention to what you hear: with the measure you use, it will be measured to you, and still more will be added to you. 25 For to the one who has, more will be given, and from the one who has not, even what he has will be taken away."
I love camping, we always seem to show up to the camp site just before the rain clouds crest the horizon. I love having the tent all ready and being able to hop in as if I knew the forecast on an hourly basis, due to a smart phone being in my possession.
But the best part is the flashlight. Because you get to use it for everything. That little dispenser of LED light helps, enables and empowers almost everything you do while camping. So when Jesus starts talking about lighting I get this picture in my head of camping and not having the flashlight.
Think of stumbling around in the dark, hammering a tent peg in the rain, blind. That light and preparedness can make a bad weather trip into quality time.
If our faith and the truth we believe about Christ and the gospel is a light then. Can you think of ways you put it down or forget where it is? Because like a flashlight when you look for it in the dark you'll be acutely aware of where it's not in the dark. When those around us are stumbling around in the dark do we know where our light is and more importantly how to use it effectively.
Nothing bothers me more than a bible college student who has a paper saying they know what evangelism is but couldn't talk about how Jesus changed their life to a stranger, even if it meant paying off their student loans.
Do you hide your light at work in favor of hard work and blending in? How about with friends and family. Do they know you have the light? So when they look for it they look for you. How about strangers. I'm bad for this, I can peg a Mormon at 50 paces but I doubt they ever say "I bet you he's one of those Free Church types let's get our backpacks"
Hope I found the light switch. Go find some dark to permeate.