Be The Light

Posted: August 29, 2015 in TLCC
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Sometimes, we look for great speakers. We love dynamic speakers. We want someone who could preach and not bore us. But in a church setting, we sometimes don’t really have a choice, do we?

The issue is not the preaching, but the hearing. In Luke 8:4-15, Jesus talks about the parable of the sower. The seed is God’s word. The sower is someone who preaches the word of God. Growing up in Sunday school, I felt that I know about the parable of the sower, and seeing my brother when he was in a school play about the parable of the sower, I felt like this is something I know already. God’s word, however, convicted me as I went through with it again.

(Read Luke 8:4-16 before you continue or watch this)

I. There are four kinds of listeners in this story.

The Path –
those who have heard; then the devil comes and takes away the word from their hearts, so that they may not believe and be saved.

Now there are those who (a) hardened their hearts, (b) willfully choose to live in sin rather than God, (c) we just simply don’t read when the word is in front of us!

The Rocky Soil –
those who have heard; and receives it with joy. But these have no root; they believe for a while, and in time of testing fall away. 

Testings come in form of (a) internal persecutions – doubts, unbelief or (b) external persecutions – (i) peer pressure or (ii) family pressure.

The Thorns –
those who hear, but as they go on their way they are choked by the cares and riches and pleasures of life, and their fruit does not mature. 

The danger of riches is it keeps our focus on the self, what money can buy, rather than keep our eyes on God. What even is shocking is that a lot of Christians look to wealth instead of God. When we mistake the channel of provision to the source, then we have a problem. Now look at what it does…fruit does not mature.

A lot of Christians who are unfruitful can trace back their unfruitfulness to being choked. What is your “wealth”? It is something other than God.

The Good Soil –
they are those who, hearing the word, hold it fast in an honest and good heart, and bear fruit with patience.

The good soil is one who holds God’s word in an HONEST and GOOD heart. The good soil bears fruit. Fruit bearing is related to listening. Now what is surprising is what comes next. I wasn’t really prepared for the next thought…

II. The “fruit” becomes “light”.(v. 16-18)

16 “No one after lighting a lamp covers it with a jar or puts it under a bed, but puts it on a stand, so that those who enter may see the light.

17 For nothing is hidden that will not be made manifest, nor is anything secret that will not be known and come to light.

18 Take care then how you hear, for to the one who has, more will be given, and from the one who has not, even what he thinks that he has will be taken away.”

The fruit of the hearing of the good soil is a life of good deeds that shines in the world so that people who are “coming in” may see and know the way to enter.

Listening to God’s word makes us be the light. We can’t hide it because we are transformed by the word of God. The issue is not really the preaching but us listening. Do we listen (a) with intent, (b) with good and honest heart? Do we allow God’s word to transform us?

Dietrich Bonhoeffer said…

Only he who believes is obedient.
Only he who is obedient believes.

Indeed. If we are the good soil, we don’t only believe. We obey God’s word. We can’t hide who we are. My prayer is we come to a point of not just hearing but doing what God’s word say.

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