The Lamp in My Closet

Today’s Journey Through Scripture Readings:
Numbers 7-8; Mark 4:21-41


21 Jesus said to them, “Does anyone bring in a lamp in order to put it under a basket or a bed? Shouldn’t it be placed on a lampstand? 22  Everything hidden will be revealed, and everything secret will come out into the open. 23  Whoever has ears to listen should pay attention” (Mark 4:21-23, Common English Bible).

I have a pair of  lamps in my bedroom at the parsonage. They look much like the lamp above. When I read the opening verses of today’s Journey Through Scripture Reading I thought about those verses. When Jesus asked about if anyone put a lamp under a basket or a bed when it belongs on a lampstand, my thoughts went to those lamps.

Prior to my move to Sweeny, those lamps were sitting in a closet. Cindy and I didn’t need them at our place in Lufkin. Our bed has lamps built in. But, we knew the day would come when I would be moving somewhere else. Well, at least we were pretty sure I would be moving again.

The truth is, those lamps, by sitting in the closet were of no use to anyone. They weren’t even plugged in. When I was in the Navy we would have called something like the lamps, “a boat anchor.” In its current status the lamps were more useful as a boat anchor than they were as lamps when they were sitting somewhere impossible for them to fulfill their mission.

In Matthew’s Gospel Jesus reminds us that we are the light of the world and compares us to a lamp on a lampstand. Read His words:

14 You are the light of the world. A city on top of a hill can’t be hidden. 15 Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a basket. Instead, they put it on top of a lampstand, and it shines on all who are in the house. 16 In the same way, let your light shine before people, so they can see the good things you do and praise your Father who is in heaven (Matthew 5:14-16, Common English Bible).

Scripture also reminds us that God is light. Check this out: This is the message that we have heard from him and announce to you: “God is light and there is no darkness in him at all.” If we claim, “We have fellowship with him,” and live in the darkness, we are lying and do not act truthfully. But if we live in the light in the same way as he is in the light, we have fellowship with each other, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, cleanses us from every sin (1 John 1:5-7, Common English Bible).

God’s light is in the world and it is reflected to the world by the children of God. If we hide our faith (the light) away, we are as useless as the lamps I had sitting in my closet. They were capable of light, but they opened the world to no one. It was nothing but darkness. If we fail to reflect God’s light to the world, we fail in showing the world the thing we possess that the world so desperately needs.

May we all be shining lamps of God’s love to a hurting world.

Have a blessed day in the Lord.

With Joy and Thankfulness,

Copyright 2018, J. Keith Broyles, All Rights Reserved

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