Welcome to Kingdom Corner, your weekly indulgence into the Cornerstone of the Word of God! We’ll be considering the Parables of Jesus as a guide to life.
This week we’ll be looking at the Parable of the Lamp. Do you have your Bible handy? Okay, probably not, but hey at least you showed up! And I’m so glad you’re here!
You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. Matthew 5:14-15
Jesus wants us to open our hearts to others so that they may see God’s glory shining through us. This means in our behavior, our actions, and our words. Trust me, little lamp, if you’re not shining very brightly you need to do a self-check and find out why. Not only does a lamp shine, but it also exposes.
Pretend you are walking into a pitch-black attic. You have only one lamp. You light it and make sure it’s on its lowest flame, right? Uh, no. You want to see the entire room and any scary critters that might be hiding in there with you. Turn that lamp up to 11!
Your lamp exposes all the cracks, holes and leaks in your attic so you can fix them. This lamp “flame” is the Spirit of God residing within you. Your heart and soul are your attic. This is essentially the second lesson of this parable. Don’t be a tiny, wimpy flame. Get your “attic” in order and beam so bright that you gotta wear shades.
Christians should tidy up their attics often to keep their spiritual lives in order and their beacons bright. Treasured guests deserve a bright “lamp” to welcome them. Our Lord is more than a treasured guest; He is our Savior. Shine your love for Him in brilliance and compassion so that those troubled in darkness are attracted to your light.
Show the world that you are a dedicated Christian by exposing your light to the world without fear like the Apostle Paul, in a spirit of repentance, humbling yourself as a servant before others. Lift up your souls and hearts, knowing that the Spirit of God resides within you.