The Lamp in My Closet

Today’s Journey Through Scripture Readings:
Numbers 7-8; Mark 4:21-41

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21 Jesus said to them, “Does anyone bring in a lamp in order to put it under a basket or a bed? Shouldn’t it be placed on a lampstand? 22  Everything hidden will be revealed, and everything secret will come out into the open. 23  Whoever has ears to listen should pay attention” (Mark 4:21-23, Common English Bible).

I have a pair of  lamps in my bedroom at the parsonage. They look much like the lamp above. When I read the opening verses of today’s Journey Through Scripture Reading I thought about those verses. When Jesus asked about if anyone put a lamp under a basket or a bed when it belongs on a lampstand, my thoughts went to those lamps.

Prior to my move to Sweeny, those lamps were sitting in a closet. Cindy and I didn’t need them at our place in Lufkin. Our bed has lamps built in. But, we knew the day would come when I would be moving somewhere else. Well, at least we were pretty sure I would be moving again.

The truth is, those lamps, by sitting in the closet were of no use to anyone. They weren’t even plugged in. When I was in the Navy we would have called something like the lamps, “a boat anchor.” In its current status the lamps were more useful as a boat anchor than they were as lamps when they were sitting somewhere impossible for them to fulfill their mission.

In Matthew’s Gospel Jesus reminds us that we are the light of the world and compares us to a lamp on a lampstand. Read His words:

14 You are the light of the world. A city on top of a hill can’t be hidden. 15 Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a basket. Instead, they put it on top of a lampstand, and it shines on all who are in the house. 16 In the same way, let your light shine before people, so they can see the good things you do and praise your Father who is in heaven (Matthew 5:14-16, Common English Bible).

Scripture also reminds us that God is light. Check this out: This is the message that we have heard from him and announce to you: “God is light and there is no darkness in him at all.” If we claim, “We have fellowship with him,” and live in the darkness, we are lying and do not act truthfully. But if we live in the light in the same way as he is in the light, we have fellowship with each other, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, cleanses us from every sin (1 John 1:5-7, Common English Bible).

God’s light is in the world and it is reflected to the world by the children of God. If we hide our faith (the light) away, we are as useless as the lamps I had sitting in my closet. They were capable of light, but they opened the world to no one. It was nothing but darkness. If we fail to reflect God’s light to the world, we fail in showing the world the thing we possess that the world so desperately needs.

May we all be shining lamps of God’s love to a hurting world.

Have a blessed day in the Lord.

With Joy and Thankfulness,
Keith

Copyright 2018, J. Keith Broyles, All Rights Reserved

Published by drjkbroyles

I love Mike Ashcraft's book, "My One Word." For the past nine years I have participated and encouraged others to participate to in the "My One Word" Challenge. My first word was discipline was my word the first year. Since then my word has been focus, sight, jungle, peace, concentration, serve, genuine and this year is fit. I seek to be fit for my health, my family, my church, my ministries. I seek to be fit in any are of my life where God might point to me. I also have a nickname, "Dr. B." When I was a public high school teacher, Dr. B. is what most of my students called me, at least in my presence. I am still called that by many people though I no longer teach in public schools. I am the author of "Average Joe: With an Extraordinary Story" (available on Amazon). The book fits into the genre of "Biblical Fiction" or "Christian Fiction" and features some of the Bible's lesser known characters. The name of my blog is, "Fork in the Road." Life is filled with forks in the road. It isn't a matter of if we encounter a fork in the road, but when will we and how many will we experience in a lifetime. I love to strum my guitar. I am not a great guitar player but I enjoy it. I also enjoy writing music. I get excited with I feel a new song emerging. I live with my wife Cindy and our little dog, "Bishop" in Lufkin, Texas. I spent the past 30 years as a United Methodist pastor, serving churches all over east and southeast Texas, from just north of Tyler to south of Houston, from the Gulf Coast to east of Madisonville. I currently serve Perritte Memorial UMC in Nacogdoches. I spent one year in the classroom, teaching High School government, economics, psychology, and sociology. Cindy and I have been married for 43 years. We have two grown sons and six grandchildren, three boys and three girls. I enjoy preaching and all it's aspects from research to writing to the actual preaching event. I also love writing, reading. I have dabble in drawing and "painting" with pastels as well as woodworking and woodcarving. My current projects are two ukuleles. I collect, repair and restore guitars too. I play the guitar (badly, but I still do) I also enjoy working with paracord on various projects, mostly prayer ropes I usually give away. I hold an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Business Data Processing, from San Jacinto College in Pasadena, TX, a Bachelor of Science in Political Science with a minor in History from Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, TX, a Master of Divinity from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX and a Doctor of Ministry from Carolina University of Theology. This blog started out as devotional writings. In August of 2020, I made a major change to the blog, switching to a daily theme format. Sunday Sermon-usually my manuscript sermon Miscellaneous Monday-misc. writing, poetry, ministry Tuesday Thoughts-Devotion Wed. with Wesleys-hist. & theol. of early Methodists TED Talk Thursday-Video & appl. in current theology Five for Friday-5 things I've seen & my thoughts Sing-Along Sat. - Usually a new song I have written I write, "Strumming a G-Chord with Dr.B." to get my thoughts onto something permanent. After all, they say, once something is on the internet it never really goes away. Still, I hope you enjoy reading it. Who knows, it might generate a bit of discussion between you and me and anyone else who might make their way here. Seeking the Genuine, Keith Lufkin, Texas August 2020

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