21 Jesus said to them, “Do you bring in a lamp to put it under a large bowl or a bed? Don’t you put it on its stand? 22 What is hidden is meant to be seen. And what is put out of sight is meant to be brought out into the open. 23 Whoever has ears should listen.” 24 “Think carefully about what you hear,” he said. “As you give, so you will receive. In fact, you will receive even more. 25 Whoever has something will be given more. Whoever has nothing, even what they have will be taken away from them.”
I love the analogy of light, that is created to be seen, shared, enjoyed. Everyone prefers light to darkness (when we are awake). Light fills a space. It shows what is hidden when in darkness.
I recall a story I heard many years ago, of a man who asked his subjects to bring him the cheapest things to fill a room. The one that filled the room the most, and at least cost, would be granted his favour. Many brought physical items, hay, timber, cloth. The youngest, however, brought a small candle that when lit, the light filled the room. His wisdom won him the favour of the master.
I love how this passage for today describes our faith, that too, must fill a room, and show, or reveal, what normally cannot be seen in the dark. Our faith is to reveal Christ to those in the dark. So simple, and yet so profound. But this was Jesus speaking in this passage, and so of course it would be, and is profound.
The prayer we all need to pray for ourselves, and especially myself, is that I will be a light of faith to those in darkness around me. Help me Lord by your Spirit to shine brighter each day, that the sphere of my influence in You, will enlarge more and more. Amen.
Written by Steve Fell