Jesus brings us the light of truth. Jesus illuminates us about GOD. Since we have seen the light, Jesus challenges to shine to help others as well.
Our witness to the good news of Jesus is to very public and never hidden. We did not receive the gift of live from God just to enjoy is for our personal pleasure.
- We have received a huge benefit to pass along to others.
- To help shine the light for others, we also must be well placed.
- GOD gives us opportunities to be in the right place at the right time to shine the good news of GOD on those who don’t believe or even know about Jesus.
No one after lighting a lamp covers it with a jar or puts it under a bed, but puts it on a stand, so that those who enter may see the light. For nothing is hidden that will not be made manifest, nor is anything secret that will not be known and come to light. Take care then how you hear, for to the one who has, more will be given, and from the one who has not, even what he thinks that he has will be taken away.
English Standard Version. (2016). (Luke 8:16–18). Wheaton, IL: Crossway Bibles.
Jesus has just finished explaining the meaning of the parable of the sower to His disciples.
Jesus compares his parabolic speaking to lighting a lamp in order that people who enter the room may see light—in other words, that people may understand the secrets of God’s reign.
- But parabolic speech hides those secrets unless it’s explained.
- Without explanation it’s like a lamp covered by a jar or put under a bed.
- Explaining the parable is like putting the lit lamp on a lampstand for people’s enlightenment. Then the purpose of lighting the lamp is attained.
But who are those people who enter and receive enlightenment in Jesus’ explanations of the parables?
They are those, indeed exclusively those, who hear well the nonparabolic word of God that Jesus has preached and taught, the very people represented by the beautiful and good soil in the preceding parable. In view of the fact that only good hearers of the good news will get an explanation of the secrets of God’s reign embedded in parabolic speech, we need to watch out how we hear the good news.
We should hear it with
- persevering faith
- not carelessly