Luke 8:16-18 NIV
“No one lights a lamp and hides it in a clay jar or puts it under a bed. Instead, they put it on a stand, so that those who come in can see the light. For there is nothing hidden that will not be disclosed, and nothing concealed that will not be known or brought out into the open. Therefore consider carefully how you listen. Whoever has will be given more; whoever does not have, even what they think they have will be taken from them.”
What do you make of the last part of the passage? There are some passages that are really hard to understand. Why would someone with little have that little taken from them? Well, we are warned to listen carefully. The passage is about the light of faith and how we share our faith in Christ. We must take care how we listen, so that we respond obediently to Jesus’ teaching, rather than shrink from it because it convicts us of sin. If we respond obediently, we will receive more light. If we shrink back, what light we think we have will be taken from us. Well, that might be what it means...
Lord Jesus, please send your Holy Spirit to help me to listen carefully both for and to hour voice. Amen.