Mark 4: 21 (KJV)
21And he said unto them, Is a candle brought to be put under a bushel, or under a bed? and not to be set on a candlestick?
“Consider the life you live-how do other people perceive your faith? While God doesn’t expect you to live in perfection, He desires that you would do all you can to shine forth His light so others will see Him clearly.”– Paul Chappell
This parable is designed to illustrate the purpose of spiritual light. When Jesus shared the Word of God, He was giving light to the world. His light was given to speak to people trapped in spiritual darkness; to show them that there was a way for them to be saved. While Jesus was here, He was “the Light of the world”, Jn.9:5. Our Lord’s light burned brightly teaching men about the love of God, John 3:16. The light that Jesus came into this world to display not only reveals the hidden things of God to man; it also reveals the hidden things within man! That is why so many people who have heard the Gospel message have rejected it. The Gospel is a message of salvation, but it is also a message of confrontation. It is a message that reveals the darkness of the human heart. People are like insects and other creatures of the night, they flee light when it shines upon them. Why? Jesus said it was because “their deeds are evil”, John 3:16-21.
When the light of the Gospel shines into a person’s heart, it reveals all the darkness contained in that heart. That is a painful experience for the lost sinner. Yet, when the darkness is exposed to the light, the darkness will have to flee and salvation will be the result. The first step in coming to Jesus to be saved is having your sins exposed to the light.
When He saved us from our sins, the Lord placed His light within us. He does not want us to hide the light away. He wants us to allow His light to shine through our lives so that others might see the way to God, Matt.5:16; Eph.5:8; 1 Pet.2:9. Far too many Christians are guilty of hiding the light, Rom. 13:11-14. Are you one of them?
Have a great and God filled day!