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Parable of the Lamp Stand.

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Matthew 5:14-16 Mark 4:21-23 Luke 8:16-18
14You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. 15Nor do men light a lamp and put it under the grain-measure, but on a lampstand. And it gives light to all who are in the house. 16Let your light so shine before men that they may see your good works and glorify your Father who is in Heaven.
21And He said to them, Does a lamp come to be put under a grain-measure, or under a bed? and not to be set on a lampstand? 22For there is nothing hidden which shall not be revealed; nor became covered, but that it might come to the light. 23If any man has ears to hear, let him hear.
16And no one lighting a lamp covers it with a vessel or puts it under a couch; but he sets it on a lampstand so that those who enter in may see the light. 17For nothing is secret that shall not be revealed; nor secret which shall not be known and come to be revealed. 18Therefore be careful how you hear. For whoever has, to him shall be given; and whoever has not, from him shall be taken even that which he seems to have.
Luke 11:33
33No one, when he has lighted a lamp, puts it in a secret place, or under a grain-measure, but on a lampstand, so that they who come in may see the light.
  • Christians are to be in the world but not of the world, John 17:15. However, our witness as followers of Christ should be able to be seen and make a difference in this dark world, "let your light shine, for others to see".
  • What generally keeps us from sharing our witness, ie. we keep our light under a barrow. Is that gaining man's acceptance and fitting in with the world becomes more important to us than pleasing God. We hesitate to share for many reasons, it's not PC correct, what would others say, it's inconvenient, etc. Never, NEVER, never be ashamed of the gospel. For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek, Romans 1:16.