Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Parable of the Lamp: Part one (Luke 8:16-18)

"Now no one after lighting a lamp covers it over with a container, or puts it under a bed; but he puts it on a lampstand, so that those who come in may see the light. For nothing is hidden that will not become evident, nor anything secret that will not be known and come to light. So take care how you listen; for whoever has, to him more shall be given; and whoever does not have, even what he thinks he has shall be taken away from him." (Luke 8:16-18 NASB)

Here we begin the parable of the lamp. At first glance, these three verses seem a little disjointed, but closer examination reveals that it is, in some ways, a clarification of the parable of the sower. In the Sower Parable, the Word of God was compared to seed being broadcast along the way. Our hearts were compared to the soil in which the seed landed and our receptivity toward truth to the vigor of the seed's growth. 

This parable again deals with receptivity to the Word. "Take care how you listen," He said. The result of that listening should be like a brightly shining lamp that beams forth light by which all can see. The question we must first answer is whether or not the truth of God kindles a fire in us. If we are to be the light of the world, (and we are supposed to be), then it must. 

But does it? Is truth like a burning flame in your heart? 

Today, pray that God would kindle His fire in us and our loved ones so that we might be the light we were called to be, and that it would be a warm and welcoming light for all to see. 
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Don't forget about our terrorist prayer focus for this week: Nasir Al Wuhayshi
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Link to last night's post: http://leannahollis.blogspot.com/2014/07/exceeding-abundantly-above-answered.html