In Mark 4:21-25, Jesus asked them, “Do you bring in a lamp to put it under a bowl or a bed? Instead, don’t you put it on its stand? For whatever is hidden is meant to be disclosed, and whatever is concealed is meant to be brought out into the open. If anyone has ears to hear, let them hear. Consider carefully what you hear. With the measure you use, it will be measured to you—and even more. Whoever has will be given more; whoever does not have, even what they have will be taken from them.”
Jesus is not talking about possessions, but understanding and acceptance of God’s Word (connected with soils parable). If you accept God’s Word (Christ), hold to it even in trials and such, then more faith will be given to you. The faith you put into Him will be rewarded with reasons to give praise (?), giving you more faith.
- God Experiences
- Stronger Faith
And as your faith is strengthened, it will only get stronger.
But those who either reject or don’t hold to God’s Word, they will fall away and lose even what little faith they have.
Lamp example: What’s the point of bringing a lamp into the house if you’re not going to use it for what it’s to be used for? If you bring a lamp inside, the purpose is to light up the house. If you take in God’s Word, the purpose is to light up the person. Those of the good soil bring the “light” into their hearts and minds, and the “light” shines through them. (Imagine a house lit up from inside at night. From the outside, you can see the light, too. Same with those who accept God’s Word).
- Light = God’s Word
- House = person
- Putting light under a pan/bed = hiding its light.
If you put a pan over the light, the light will go out. It’s the same way if you accept God’s Word, but don’t apply it, or keep to it in times of trial, throughout your lives, always.