Today’s sermon was based on the verse from Luke 8:16: “No one after lighting a lamp covers it with a jar or puts it under bed, but puts it on a stand, so that those who enter may see the light.” (ESV)
Did you know that there are four references to the lamp and lampstand in the gospels – two in the book of Matthew and two in Luke? This emphasis on the lamp and lampstand means there’s something significant about these objects. It also may indicate a problem – namely that most people keep their lamp hidden and out of sight, the lampstand nowhere to be found. Let me explain.
Most people will never realize the full potential for their lives, and much of what God has placed in them will remain untapped. Most people will settle for ordinary and meet the status quo, never to leave the confines of their comfort zone. Most people will forever keep their lamp hidden from view, lampstand gathering dust in a dark corner of their hearts – and many do so out of fear. Fear of transformation (think: someone saying, “you’ve changed,” like it’s a bad thing, when all I want to say is, “thank you, praise God for that!”), fear of change (think: cutting ties to bad habits and old friends because what God has placed within you is worthy of excellence!), or fear of commitment (think: realizing your time is too valuable to be spent on trivial matters and on people who don’t value the priority of God’s purpose for their own lives, much less yours).
Christians are called to be set apart from the world. Unfortunately, too many use this truth to justify apathy and mediocrity, and too few realize that the disciples were sent out to meet and talk to people in order to spread the gospel – to step out of their comfort zone and live a life transformed by submission to the will of God for their destiny. One way Christians are set apart from the world around them is that followers of Christ shall let their light shine! In Matthew 5:14-16 Jesus says, “You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.” AMEN!
It is for no small reason that four times we are commanded to let our light shine!
It’s time to stop complaining and start doing, stop slogging and start running, stop slumbering and start working, stop dreaming and start living! We are alive in Christ Jesus and full of the light of life and salvation granted by the Father to those who believe in the Son who paid the ultimate price.
It would be a shame to keep such an expensive gift hidden from view – LET YOUR LIGHT SHINE!
Executive Pastor, Bridge Church