Let God’s Light Shine Through You
Chan Gin Kai
“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. For there is nothing hidden that will not be disclosed, and nothing concealed that will not be known or brought out into the open. Therefore consider carefully how you listen. Whoever has will be given more; whoever does not have, even what they think they have will be taken from them.” (Luke 8:16-18)
Understanding that the ‘light’ referred to in this passage is the word of God makes the entire passage pretty self-explanatory. We who have received God’s light have the responsibility to let it shine.
A lamp hidden in a clay jar or under a bed not only fails to light up the room for others’ benefit; it doesn’t work to our benefit either. In fact, it is so illogical to hide the light that this parable sounds almost sarcastic... “If you light a lamp, why would you hide it? Duh?” Light needs to dispel darkness. Truth needs to be revealed.
It is not just about saving us from stumped toes or scaring away cockroaches. It is about driving away something far more disgusting within us.
We used to live in darkness. We have each experienced varying struggles. Some of us had it real bad; we were the recipients of abuse or even the perpetrators of it. We were stuck in sin, and felt ashamed of ourselves. Some of us were better off; life seems pretty good, but we knew in our heart that something is missing. We put on a façade that’s pleasing, but if only people knew the angry and perverse thoughts that played out in our mind.
God’s light dispelled the darkness in our soul. His truth cleared up the deceit that had confused us and destroyed the lies that held us captive. His words challenged us on our sins as much as they assured us of His love. His light helped us to see again, and brought warmth into our lives.
Others need that light too.
That’s why we have to “put it on a stand, so that those who come in can see the light” too. Countless others need it in their lives. Just as someone who has found the cure to a life-threatening disease has the moral responsibility to spread that cure, we have the solemn responsibility to spread the cure for the soul-threatening disease. It is not just about life and death, but heaven and hell.
But we often get so relaxed in our light. We love the assurance it gives us. We enjoy the glow it creates on the faces of our best friends around us. We bask around in the comfort of its warmth. But God’s light is not something we can selfishly hoard to ourselves.
If we turn our complacent eyes to truly look at the people around us, we will see how spiritual darkness has clouded their lives. Listen a little deeper and we will hear their anguished souls crying out for help. We know their lives can be changed, their relationships can be fixed, and their hurts can be healed. We have experienced the power of God’s light, so let us share it with them.
All that is “hidden” and “concealed” will be “brought out into the open”, if not in our lifetime, on the Day of Judgment. Secret sins will manifest into consequences that can destroy careers, families and lives. And even if the sins are too ‘small’ to really create drastic consequences, we (and the people around us) will face a time of reckoning when we all come face to face with God one day. Are you sharing God's light with others?
That’s why Jesus says we need to listen to God’s words carefully. We need to be attentive so that we do not get confused by wrong doctrines. We need to put them into practice, so that His words have an effect in our lives. When we respond in the right way to God’s words, more will be given to us. Spiritual growth goes with momentum, and so does spiritual decline. When we build our lives on His words, the joy we receive inspires us to do more. When we don’t, we slip into a vicious cycle of sin that becomes increasingly harder to break out of.
The light of God must continue shining in our lives. And we must put it out on a stand, so that others can be impacted by it too. Light God's light shine through you.
Chan Gin Kai
Gin Kai is a film producer who believes in the power of media to inspire positive changes. He has spearheaded disaster relief and capacity building projects in impoverished communities across Asia. In church, he serves as a mentor to young professionals in the EDGE Ministry. He describes himself as "just a sinner who wants to get right with God".