“Arise, shine; for your light has come! And the glory of the LORD is risen upon you” (Isaiah 60:1).
When you are saved the light of God is lit up within you. The heavenly light and brightness come into you. As you go further and further, you should keep on receiving glory to glory. Only if your light shines with glory the people in the darkness will come into His marvellous light. Other lamps could not be lit up with an extinguished lamp. Why does the lamp of many get extinguished?
“Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it gives light unto all that are in the house” (Mathew 5:15). Is your lamp is placed on a candlestick or it is put under a bushel? There is no oxygen under the bushel and hence there is no way to arise and shine. It extinguishes. A bushel is an instrument used in the business to measure grains. It indicates the way of earning money in a profession. Some people toil day and night to earn money and they do not spare time for God and resultantly their lamps get extinguished. They make the Salvation a loss.
Further, some people lit the lamp and cover it with a vessel (Luke 8:16). The vessel indicates the kitchen related works. Most of the sisters are seen with the vessels from morning to night. They do a separate cooking for their mother in law, separate cooking for their husband and separate cooking for their children. Poor women, one thing for which they do not find time is prayer.
That day Martha was busy cooking. But Mary was sitting at God’s feet and listening to His Words eagerly. Jesus told Mary who was sad with many problems “Martha, Martha, you are worried and troubled about many things. But one thing is needed and Mary has chosen that good part, which will not be taken away from her” (Luke 10:41, 42).
A good driver of a lorry who was a Christian attended duty even on a Sunday for the sake of money. It was a night and due to tiredness, he fell asleep while driving and the Lorry went off the road and was slipping down the hill towards a huge pit. The driver was terrified and screamed ‘Oh, Jesus’. At that moment the white hands of God turned the lorry and put it on the right track on the road. The driver who almost reached the hade and who realised that God had saved his soul, thanked God and decided not to attend duties on Sundays.
“But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you” (Mathew 6:33). Protect your souls so that your prayerful life, Scripture reading, the fellowship of love with servants of God are not covered by bushel, vessel or your profession.
To meditate: “Therefore take heed that the light which is in you is not darkness” (Luke 11:35).