21 He also said to them, “Is a lamp brought in to be put under a basket or under a bed? Isn’t it to be put on a lampstand? 22 For there is nothing hidden that will not be revealed, and nothing concealed that will not be brought to light. 23 If anyone has ears to hear, let him listen.” 24 And he said to them, “Pay attention to what you hear. By the measure you use, it will be measured to you — and more will be added to you. 25 For whoever has, more will be given to him, and whoever does not have, even what he has will be taken away from him.” — Mark 4:21-25
The True Light
by Matthew Mezzatesta
Avenue South Campus
This past Thanksgiving I followed a story about a young missionary from the United States who attempted to make contact with one of the last isolated tribes on the planet, the North Sentinelese. He had felt led for many years to tell these people about Jesus, even though the tribe had a long history of being hostile to outsiders. It was also illegal to travel to the part of the Andaman Islands where this tribe is located. However, this young missionary made several attempts to contact the tribe and tell them of the gospel. Sadly, when he attempted to walk toward shore, he was killed by the hostile natives.
In this parable, Jesus used the illustration of a lamp. He said people do not cover a light, but rather use the light to shine their path. The gospel is the “light,” and we should not hide it from other people. He made the plea for whoever wanted to hear the message to hear it. The gospel can be summed up in the two words Jesus said to the apostles: “Follow Me.” Jesus wants us to experience a relationship with Him, and as believers, we must go and tell other people about our experience with Jesus.
Jesus cautions us to be careful what we hear, because it can have an impact on our relationship with Him. There are many beliefs in the world about Jesus and salvation. However, He tells not to hide the true light of the gospel. If we are faithful to Jesus, He will entrust us with telling others of His love. In the end, it is about the gospel changing lives. Who you are sharing it with? Let us not conceal the power of a life changed by Jesus Christ.
- Who are you having gospel conversations with?
- How has your life been impacted by the gospel?
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