21 He said to them, “Do you bring in a lamp to put it under a bowl or a bed? Instead, don’t you put it on its stand? 22 For whatever is hidden is meant to be disclosed, and whatever is concealed is meant to be brought out into the open. 23 If anyone has ears to hear, let them hear.” 24 “Consider carefully what you hear,” he continued. “With the measure you use, it will be measured to you—and even more. 25 Whoever has will be given more; whoever does not have, even what they have will be taken from them.”
Jesus said of Himself in John 8 v 12 “I am the light of the world. If you follow me, you won’t have to walk in darkness, because you will have the light that leads to life.” When Jesus comes into our lives, we also become a light to the world. We are not supposed to be people who live in darkness or walk in darkness but walk in His light and His truth. Therefore we become ‘beacons’ to others who are searching for light and truth.
I think sometimes the world throws some mud on our lantern; or maybe have put it there and we don’t shine so brightly. Fortunately Jesus is the best cleaner I know. Ask Jesus to clear the muck away, confess, repent and continue to walk in His ways. Ask Him to show you how to stop the mud sticking in your world, so your lantern can shine brightly.
The second part of this scripture reminds me of 1 Peter 3 v 15 where we must always be ready to give an answer for the hope that we have. We must be hearers AND doers of the Word of God. I think at times we hear but are we listening? Listening requires action.
Lord Jesus, today I come to you and ask that you would reveal to me where I might be dirty from the world. Cleanse me; Jesus with your blood. Help me to be the light of hope to my friends and family. Lord am I stuck? Have I become someone who hears but doesn’t really listen? Lord show me how to listen more carefully. Show me how to enhance the understanding in my life.
Written by Ps. Sue Botta