I can remember a few months ago, when my family planned a fun day. My wife and I knew that my kids loved playing in the water and in our community there is a big "splash pad" for all ages. We knew our kids would have a great time. I made sure to schedule nothing else and we spent the morning packing a lunch so we could eat there. We gathered all the sun block, towels, toys, and water shoes. The idea was to surprise our kids. Every time we passed this park they commented about it, so we knew it was going to be a welcome surprise.
Then, it was time to leave. It took us about 15 minutes to get to the park and the kids were anxious to find out where we were going. So excited, in fact, that they became angry that we were wanting to keep it a secret.
We pulled into the parking lot and my son smiled and my daughter had a slight awkward grin on her face. She blurted out, "I don't want to play here today. I thought we were going to go to a bounce house". My wife and I looked at each other with shock and frustration. We had planned this outing for days and all this preparation had a purpose.
In the above passage, Jesus gives us a similar mental picture with the concept of a lamp. He has already told us we are the light of the world, but goes on to ask what good a lamp is that is hidden from view. Jesus was talking about preparation and purpose.
We are called to live according to the purpose that God has given us. The Holy Spirit lives within us and we are resourced with so much more than we know. We must seek His wisdom and guidance to have an impact on the world around us. If we are His disciples, called by God, then there has to be a divine frustration when we hide our light.
Let's serve the world today.
Prayer for today: Jesus, lead me to be who you made me to be. Fill me and use me for your divine kingdom. Amen.
This post was written by Rev DeCrastos.
You can find his blog here: www.ministrysauce.com