DAY 263 OF 365 IN 2021
SHINE BRIGHT WHEREVER YOU ARE
Luke 8 :16 “No one lights a lamp and hides it in a clay jar or puts it under a bed. Instead, they put it on a stand, so that those who come in can see the light.
People sometimes want to be described ‘humble’. For some, this equates to: hiding one’s talents and gifts, speaking in moderation or only when called upon and doing all that is necessary to avoid the spotlight. That is the ‘humility discourse’.
We read today about what is normal “no one lights a lamp and covers it with a jar or hides it under a bed”. This is clearly in the presence of darkness because in daylight, one needs no lamp. Therefore, for a regular person, lighting a lamp in the dark is with the intention of providing visibility for yourself and for others. It will therefore be selfish for a lit lamp to be intentionally covered with anything that prevents the environment around from benefitting from its light.
In the eyes of some people, any individual unafraid to share their gifts with the world is considered proud and haughty, not humble. However, such conclusions cannot become the drive which determines what we do. When we recall the master in Luke 19:13, he gave talents to his servants prior to his travel and told them “occupy till I come”. Some versions render his words as ‘work with this while I am away’.
The gifts we possess then are not to be hidden from the world, and in these times when every encounter matters, we now more than ever need to make our light visible. We need to let the world around know that we possess a light, that we have gifts and traits which we carry in earthen vessels. And the intention of those gifts is to light up the world around us.
Don’t let the ‘humility’ discourse drive you to hide your gifts, just shine bright wherever you are.
Take your lit candle, and go light your world.