“No one lights a lamp and puts it in a place where it will be hidden, or under a bowl. Instead he puts it on its stand, so that those who come in may see the light.” (Luke 11:33, NIV84)
Could Jesus have said anything more obvious? No one lights a lamp and then “puts it in a place where it will be hidden.” Of course not! That would be ridiculous! It would make no sense! If someone lights a lamp, he puts it on a stand so that its light might be seen. So what is Jesus driving at? Sadly, He is telling us that, way too often, we do the most ridiculous thing that makes no sense. We take the light of Jesus Christ that the Holy Spirit has placed in our hearts and we hide it. Why do we do that? Why would we hide light from shining?
I can only think of three possible reasons. One, we are ashamed of the light and would rather live in darkness. We don’t want others to know that we live in the light of Jesus because we may experience persecution and ridicule. The danger here is that the light not only fails to reach out to others, but it also no longer can meet our needs because we have hidden it. Two, we just don’t understand why it is light that Jesus has placed in our hearts. We need to understand that God intentionally put light in our lives for our benefit and the good of others. Three, we don’t understand how threatened our enemy (Satan) would be if we were to live in the light of Jesus.
The light of the Holy Spirit provides us wisdom and discernment as we live out our daily lives in a dark and sinful world. Only Satan would not want us to live in that light. The Spirit’s light also shines through us so that those living in darkness can be drawn to the light of Christ. Again, only Satan would want our light to never reach out to enlighten another. It’s time to stand up to Satan! It’s time for obedience to God’s Word. It’s time to let our light shine!