2007-08-02- Under a Bushel
- Matt 5:15-16 Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a
bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in
the house. 16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see
your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven (KJV)
If you walk into a dark room, what is the first thing you typically
do? I start hunting for the light switch so I can turn it on and light
up the room. To most of us this is immediately obvious. Thanks to Mr.
Edison we have the gift of electric light, and the darkness in our
homes, cars, offices and streets is no longer a problem. Unless there
is someone sleeping in the room you don't want to awaken, the idea of
not using the light switch is silly. The ability to see obstacles can
prevent a fall or at least a few stubbed toes.
I was talking with an associate. We were discussing the things we felt
were important to succeed in life. My friend's assertion was that
knowledge was one of the main keys. I agreed with him adding the
proviso that required the ability or willingness to use that
knowledge. He agreed, and I think the point is fairly clear. If you
are reading this message, I must assume that you, or someone close to
you, has the ability to read and probably to write as well. These are
common tools in our civilization. In America, we are sent to school to
learn these things at an early age, if we were not already taught by
our parents before we started school.
What if, for whatever reason, you decided not to exercise these tools
or reading and writing? I'm sure the idea is ridiculous to you.
However, consider having the ability to do something as fundamental as
reading, and for fear of making a mistake, a person would refuse to
read. Of course we make mistakes when we are learning, but that does
not stop us. We keep trying and soon the task of decrypting the words
and characters from a page happens almost without thought.
So, why do we treat our Christianity differently?
Many of us do. We allow the frustrations, or the weeds of everyday
life to cover over the life that lives within us. Now, this is not to
say that there are not days that will get us down, or simple
exhaustion wear us down, or sad news will not grieve us. But, the day
to day grind should not take us and turn us into powder. We know the
joy of God's salvation and His Son, Who came willingly to save us from
being eternally lost. We hold a treasure in our hearts that the world
around us is starving to know. Instead of showing that power and
light, we allow the little trials to wear at us and to become a bushel
basket that covers our the light.
You have the potential to be a light in a very dark room, in a dark
world for that matter. Be willing to tap into the power that is
offered to us. You might be surprised at how many people will ask what
is different about you, or be impressed with your presence or
character. These are keys that open doors to share the source of the
light they see, that is your faith. If they scoff, you can remind them
that they asked what was different, so there must be something to it
all. The message will not always be received. But the receiving part
is not your job. You are supposed to shine as a light. You have done
your part. Pray that the Holy Spirit would open their hearts and minds
to receive, and keep on being a light.
Grace & Peace,