Thursday: 31st January, 2019
Reference text: Mark 4:21-25
Mark 4:21 And he said unto them, Is a candle brought to be put under a bushel, or under a bed? and not to be set on a candlestick?
When people watch any of the talent shows on TV, they tend to ask themselves: ‘So, what is my talent?’ Not that they have no talents, surely there are things they are blessed and can be confident to execute in a manner only they can. That question, therefore stems from the tendency to place the talents and gifts we possess, opposite that of others on the same scale.
When one enters a place of darkness with a candle in hand, the expectation from all is that it will be lit and placed where its light will shine bright for all to see. It will therefore be sheer malice for light to be hidden where darkness abounds. But then, why would one even consider the idea of placing the candle in hand under a basket?
Do they wonder if it will be bright enough when lit or are they concerned that their candle is not big enough to stay burning for long? These are among the reasons we offer for hiding our gifts and talents away from the rest of the world: the thought of the gift being less relevant in the face of other talents, or our inability to sustain its efficacy over time.
Beloved, however dim a light maybe, in darkness; it makes a difference. Your gifts and talents have been given as a blessing to the world. It’s magnitude is not meant to be competition , but it’s impact on the world is your responsibility. Others may have much ‘nicer’ or more expressive talents, but your gifts and talents are meant to make impact and leave lasting legacies, so don’t put them under baskets. Set them atop candle sticks and light them up.