You take a lamp with oil (which is very expensive to burn), you turn it on, place it in the center of the room in order to light up the whole room, and, instead of allowing it to do its job, you put a basket over it. A foolish waste of money. That’s what Christians look like when they hide their faith.
“You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden; nor does anyone light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. ” Matthew 5:14-15
On April 8, 1983, the Statue of Liberty vanished. David Copperfield, the renowned illusionist, put people on a stage facing the famous statue. The lights went out, a curtain was closed, and after a pause of a couple of minutes, the curtain was opened, the lights turned on, and the 20 shocked people on stage could no longer see the Statue of Liberty. Then, David Copperfield had the curtain closed once again and after another couple minutes, he made opened the curtains once again and made the Statue of Liberty reappear to the delight of all present.
There are different theories that run around about how David Copperfield pulled it off, with a very slowly moving stage being the best one that I’ve found, but one thing I think we can all agree on is the fact that the Statue of Liberty didn’t move one muscle throughout the whole ordeal. She was always there. In other words, even the great David Copperfield cannot hide a huge object.
As we saw last week, Jesus declared to the disciples that they were the light of the world. And every disciple of Christ who believes the Gospel, at the moment of regeneration, begins reflecting the light of Christ onto the world around them.