Here’s today’s rather illuminating selection:
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 so that those who come in can see the light? For whatever is hidden is meant to be disclosed, and whatever is concealed is meant to be brought out into the open. If anyone has ears to hear, let them hear.”
“Consider carefully how you listen,” he continued. “With the measure you use, it will be measured to you — and even more. Whoever has will be given more; whoever does not have, even what they have will be taken from them.”
(Mark 4:21-25, Luke 8:16-18)
We’re sitting at Jesus’ feet, listening to the greatest sermon ever preached: The Sermon on the Mount. His radical words of love, joy and peace amazed his audience and turned the world on its head.
We started with the Beatitudes — eight essential aspects of Christian character and the blessings that flow from them. Today, Jesus moves right into how we’re supposed to live in this dying, dark world.
Here’s what he said:
The birth of Jesus brought God’s LIGHT into this dark world. Here’s what the Bible says:
In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. (John 1:4-5)
Here’s what Jesus himself said:
A few examples:
You are THE LIGHT OF THE WORLD. (Matthew 5:14)
GET FIRED UP — don’t hide it from the world. (Matthew 5:15)
LET YOUR LIGHT SHINE — so that others can see God working through you and praise Him. (Matthew 5:16)