Let Your Lamp Shine

Luke 8: 16-18
Prv 3: 27-34/ Ps 15: 2-5

No one who lights a lamp conceals it in a vessel or puts it under a bed. Rather, he puts it on a lampstand, so that those who enter may see the light.
(Luke 8:16)

Let our lamps dispel the darkness,
Live a life of truth and goodness;
Drive away evil where it thrives,
And let God’s Word shine in our lives.

“No one who lights a lamp conceals it in a vessel, or puts it under a bed. Rather, he puts it on a lampstand, so that those who enter may see the light. For nothing is hidden that will not be disclosed, nor is anything secret that will not become known and come to light. Then pay attention to how you listen; for to those who have, more will be given; and from those who do not have, even what they seem to have will be taken away.”

Reflection

Some of us are lamps that need to be lighted in order to spread God’s brightness and dispel the darkness of evil. This is just another allegory that our Lord uses in order to enlighten His disciples, similar to His earlier parable of the sower, where some of us must be like fertile soil so that the seed of God’s Word can produce a hundredfold. In the same way, the brighter our lamp, the more people we can lead to Christ.

We are beacons of light whenever we join the cause of fighting for the truth. As God’s lamps, we have no doubt that “nothing is hidden that will not be disclosed, nor is anything secret that will not become known and come to light.” Our Brotherhood’s advocacy for honesty has made inroads into the darkness of corruption in a number of government agencies as well as in the business sector. Many BCBP billboards and streamers in the country’s urban centers declare our stand: “Be Honest even if others are not, even if others will not, even if others cannot.”

Jesus’ message is clear: “To those who have, more will be given; and from those who do not have, even what they seem to have will be taken away.” Unless we fight for honesty and truth, letting the Gospel values shine in our life, we will lose even the veneer of integrity that we appear to possess. Only those who strive to follow His way, spread His truth, and live His life will continue to grow spiritually, gaining more of God’s gifts and graces. Jesus is telling us that we cannot afford to hide our lamp in a vessel, or put it under a bed. We cannot refuse an offer to declare God’s miracle in our life by giving a life testimony, just as we cannot accept bribe money to give a false testimony in court. His light must shine in our life in every opportunity.

Lord, fill our hearts and minds with Your light and truth, and disperse the darkness of sin and deception that we may see the way to You clearly, and discern Your will in our lives. May we radiate your light and truth to others in word and deed. Amen.

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