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This Little Light of Mine

“Also He said to them, “Is a lamp brought to be put under a basket or under a bed? Is it not to be set on a lamp stand? For there is nothing hidden which will not be revealed, nor has anything been kept secret but that it should come to light.’ ” Mark 4:21-22

Our focus text today reminds me of a song I used to sing in sabbath school when I was a child.
“This little light of mine, I’m gonna let it shine.
This little light of mine, I’m gonna let it shine
This little light of mine, I’m gonna let it shine
Let it shine , let it shine, let it shine.”
The song goes on to say that I won’t hide it under a bushel, I won’t let Satan blow it out, I’ll shine it round the neighborhood, and I’ll let it shine till Jesus comes. There may be other verses but those are the ones I know.

The message of Mark 4:21-22 is that everything has a purpose and everything has a place. The purpose of a lamp is to give light and the place place for the lamp to fulfill its purpose is on a lamp stand.

Mark has paired this parable with the parable of the sower. This connection tells us that that the metaphor of the lamp should be understood in connection with the Word of God.

Everything God has made has a place and a purpose and God has given his word to this world so that it might fulfill a purpose. God desires to restore his relationship with us. God’s word proclaims this desire, tells us how to begin a new relationship with him and how to grow and mature in our knowledge of God.

Satan and sinful men may attempt to obscure or hide the word of God from the world but as our scripture says, “there is nothing hidden which will not be revealed, nor has anything been kept secret but that it should come to light.”

God’s Spirit works day and night to bring God’s word home to our hearts and those who have received his witness join in the call.

This little light of mine, I’m gonna let it shine

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