"Lamp Under a Bowl"

Lamp under a Bowl

Lamp under a bowl

“You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house.

In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven," (Matt. 5:14-16), also (Mark 4:21-25), (Luke 8:16-18), (Luke 11:33-36).

Much of the world lives in darkness,  but the light of Jesus shows the way to eternal life. Those who have accepted Jesus as their Savior have His light displayed within their own life.

"Once you lived in darkness, but you were born again, and now your world is enlightened by the light of Jesus; walk in this light," (Eph 5:8).

Christianity is reflected by living in a way that reveals the love, hope and promises of God. Living a life that portrays these values will correctly present the light of Jesus.

It can sometimes be uncomfortable when our lights glow in the midst of this darkness; yet, as the moon reflects the light of the sun, so are we to reflect the light of Jesus. Our light is to serve as a beacon for others.

The Holy Spirit at Work

Jesus said, "...For everyone practicing evil hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his deeds should be exposed" (John 3:19-20).

According to this Scripture our Christian Life will make unbelievers uncomfortable. This can be a good thing as it allows the Holy Spirit to reveal their own transgressions.

Unfortunately, some Christians, rather than allowing their light to shine, will often attempt to blend in with the crowd. However,  this can even further tarnish their Christian testimony; because many non Christians are at least somewhat familiar with Christian values, and can easily recognize a hypocrite.

It has been said that, "if you want to know how a Christian should act, ask a sinner."

We all have a choice to either allow our light to shine, or to hide it under a bed or basket. Attempting to live for Christ while hiding our testimony will effectively place our lamp under a bowl, with no light to offer.

You may be the only Christian many of the people you interact with on a daily basis will ever know.  The only way they will learn about Christ is by what they see in you.

The Beatitudes in Matthew 5 reveal much about the nature of Christ as He extends His love and concern to the poor; those who morn; the meek; those who hunger and thirst for righteousness; the merciful; the pure in heart; the peacemakers; and those who are persecuted for righteousness sake...

These Scriptures offer great insight into His character. We should make every effort to exemplify the Christian standards, and traits that Jesus so valued.

Illuminate the Pathway

The light of Jesus can unmask the darkness and illuminate the pathway to salvation. As surely as the earth reveals the glory of God, so does the light within each and every born again Christian.

In order to Come to Christ, sinners must acknowledge their sins and realize they need Jesus

Your light can help a darkened world find  supernatural hope, love, and eternal life, through our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.


Samuel Mills


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