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:
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)
Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path. Psalm 119:105
This world can be a very dark place. Let God light the way.
Spend some quality time with your Bible today. Quiet your heart so the Holy Spirit can speak to you. Read a passage over and over until it sinks in. Use your imagination. Interact with it. Meditate on it. Memorize it. Then get out of your chair and apply it. Live it. The world needs God’s light now more than ever.