Posts Tagged ‘Let your light shine’

Luke 11:33-36 The Eyes Have It

What is shining out from your heart?

What is shining out from your heart?

Luke brings us a parable from Jesus that is familiar. We actually looked at a very similar parable earlier in Luke’s narrative. It was in chapter 8 verses 16 to 18. Both parables talked about a lamp and a lampstand. But then we branch into different directions from there. Today’s parable focuses on the eye, or the window to the soul.

Jesus starts out talking about lighting a lamp and what you do with it next. “No one after lighting a lamp puts it in a cellar or under a basket, but on a stand, so that those who enter may see the light” (verse 33). In other words, a lamp is meant to be seen and to give off light. I think we can all agree on that.

Here is where our parable diverges from the other. Jesus says that our eye is the lamp of our body. So how does that work? Have you ever heard someone say, “Their eyes shone with love”? Or how about, “Their smile didn’t reach their eyes”? How about, “He has mean eyes”, or “She has the gentlest eyes”? People, even non-believers, recognize that you can see what is in a person’s heart by looking into their eyes. Why is that? Read more »

Luke 8:16-18 Let it Shine

Let your light shine

Let your light shine

Luke is sharing another familiar parable with us today. We looked at this story in Mark 4:21-25. Feel free to refresh your memory of that telling and what we found that day, if you want to.

When I look at the story today it brings to mind the children’s song “This Little Light of Mine.” Luke is very good at skipping timelines and he makes this story look like it came right after Jesus’ explanation of the previous parable. I don’t think that is what happened chronologically, but I’m not certain about that either. Read more »