Mark 4: 21-25: Imagine a life without any light? Even a blind person can have the Light of Jesus. I often find it funny when people are intimidated by me, because it is not me that they are afraid, it is the light in me that scares them. See I know that sometimes the Light of Jesus in me is hidden by my poor choices. Often it means that I have not been exactly polite. Okay, sometimes, I can be downright rude. When I am rude, I am placing a bowl over my light. When I am not being rude, when I am purposefully allowing the Light of Jesus to shine through me. Here is the thing about that Light, Most people just see someone who is happy, kind, and warm. (okay if you have seen me in a rude period, stop laughing). The thing is when I am letting God’s Light shine through me, then evil sees the Light, and it is bright. I can see it when the Light is shining, when I know that God’s Light is blazing through me; I see people shrinking away. I saw it once many years ago, I was at church, and Yes, I have covered my Light at church, but not this time; I was hugging people and sharing God’s Love. I went to give someone a hug, someone new, and they jumped away. I heard a whisper in my ear, they can see your light, Oh, so I just reached out a hand. but the new person had left. I turned to see who had whispered, but no one was there. That is how I learned that people with evil in their hearts can see the Light in people of the Light. When we let our light shine, it is there for everyone to see or feel; but to those who have evil in their hearts, they can actually see the Light and it scares them. They shrink away, call the person with the Light crazy, try to discredit them, or find other ways to hurt them. When they find that they are unable to attack you directly, they will seek indirect routes, like your family, a close friend, your work, or whatever route they find open. It is because of this that we have to work hard to keep our light shining all the time. When we keep our light shining, we are witnesses for Christ. For me it is the occasional bout of rudeness, yes now it is occasional, for others it might be having one on the side, or coveting money, or things money can buy, it might be having a tendency to be dishonest, or going into places that they ought not go. There are so many things that you or I can do to cause the Light of Jesus to be temporarily placed under a bowl. Which every time we sin, our Light is hidden. But we have to strive hard to keep the Light shining and even if you are 4 feet and ten inches tall, (or shorter) you will be intimidating to even a seven-foot tall person who happens to live in the dark.
21 He said to them, “Do you bring in a lamp to put it under a bowl or a bed? Instead, don’t you put it on its stand? 22 For whatever is hidden is meant to be disclosed, and whatever is concealed is meant to be brought out into the open. 23 If anyone has ears to hear, let them hear.”
24 “Consider carefully what you hear,” he continued. “With the measure you use, it will be measured to you—and even more. 25 Whoever has will be given more; whoever does not have, even what they have will be taken from them.”