What’s the purpose of a lamp?

“You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven. (Matthew 5:14-16)

How often do you switch on a lamp so you can look at the light bulb?

A lamp’s primary purpose is allowing other things to be seen more clearly. It’s a tool. The lamp doesn’t exist to be the center of attention.

Jesus says we’re to be light in a dark world. That doesn’t mean we’re some sort of shining example to be admired. Like the lamp, we’re not designed to be the center of attention.

We’re meant to illuminate the world, to reflect light so others can see Jesus more clearly.

I’m mostly not very good at this. Often I hide my light with depression or false humility. Sometimes I try to be the brightest possible light and find myself shouting, “Look at me!”

Today’s a good day to resolve to be a spotlight shining on Jesus.

Have a great week.

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