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Think about it: Are you more likely to begin each day thinking about all the things you need to do, or are you more likely to begin each day thinking about specific ways you can let your light shine? For many of us, it’s the former. We think more about ourselves and the things we need to do than we think about simply being with God and allowing Him to work within us and through us.
In Mark 4:21-25, Jesus speaks about the purpose of light. It isn’t to be hidden, but is instead something used to brighten up an entire room.
But there’s more to the parable than the purpose of light. The story goes on to focus on the importance of listening and understanding. Often, this parable is used as an illustration of allowing our light to shine. The focus is often on being light in a dark world. (Which is a very practical understanding of this parable.) But is there more to it?
As you read this parable today, read it slowly and carefully. What do the themes of listening and understanding have to do with being light in a dark world?
READING & JOURNALING:
Read Mark 4:21-25 slowly and carefully. What do you think is the primary teaching point Jesus was making in this parable?
What are some very real ways you could live out this principle in your life today? Be specific.
Heavenly Father, I confess there are moments in which I say I want to be light in a dark world, but I recognize there are moments when I do hide. Help me to be a light to all, even in the presence of those who may look, think, or believe differently than I do. May I love them as You have loved me. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
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