STEWARDSHIP OF TRUTH

STEWARDSHIP OF TRUTH

16 “No one lights a lamp and then covers it with a bowl or hides it under a bed. A lamp is placed on a stand, where its light can be seen by all who enter the house. 17 For all that is secret will eventually be brought into the open, and everything that is concealed will be brought to light and made known to all.

18 So pay attention to how you hear. To those who listen to my teaching, more understanding will be given. But for those who are not listening, even what they think they understand will be taken away from them.”

Introduction:

When I first starting studying the passage, I thought is was three isolated and random comments that was unrelated to the context but the more I studies, the more I could see that these three verses are very related.

I think the key is verse 18, “So pay attention to how you hear.” Jesus did not say what you hear but how you hear. Let’s think of some examples:

  1. The Jewish Religious leaders listened to Jesus teaching but how did they listen, what was their attitude in listening. They were listening to find fault. They had zero intention of taking the word of Christ and applying it to their life.
  2. Some listen for knowledge. They have a desire to know more about the kingdom but they have no desire to obey or put into practice what they hear. These are they who become puffed up, inflated with knowledge and it creates a spirit of pride.
  3. A true disciples listens with the intention of obeying. The word of God has transforming power in the disciples life because he is committed and ready to obey.

THUS: OUR FIRST RESPONSIBILITY, AFTER RECIEVING THE WORD [FERTILE SOIL]…

I. IS TO SHARE THE WORD

“No one lights a lamp and then covers it with a bowl or hides it under a bed. A lamp is placed on a stand, where its light can be seen by all who enter the house.

No one lights a lamp and then puts it in the cellar or under a bed. You lift the light up, raise it high, place it on a table or a mantle. You get it as high as possible. The light, the truth of the Kingdom of God is not for one small esoteric group: it is not for Jews only, the elect only, the rich only, the intellectuals only. The gospel is for all and should not be hidden from anyone.

When the sower broadcast the seed and it feel of fertile ground, the ground was fallow and broken thus receiving the seed. But the purpose of seed is not to stay buried forever. It stays buried for a few days and then it sprouts. It is a grave sin to keep the gospel to ourselves. The gospel is to be shared. The very nature of the gospel demands to be shared.

II. TO SHARE THE WORD, WE NEED TO BE TRANSPARENT

17 For all that is secret will eventually be brought into the open, and everything that is concealed will be brought to light and made known to all.

The concept in this verse is shared many times in the bible; too many to ignore.

  • Luke 12:2-3–The time is coming when everything that is covered up will be revealed, and all that is secret will be made known to all. Whatever you have said in the dark will be heard in the light, and what you have whispered behind closed doors will be shouted from the housetops for all to hear!
  • Matthew 10:26– But don’t be afraid of those who threaten you. For the time is coming when everything that is covered will be revealed, and all that is secret will be made known to all.”
  • I Corinthians 4:5–So don’t make judgments about anyone ahead of time—before the Lord returns. For He will bring our darkest secrets to light and will reveal our private motives. Then God will give to each one whatever praise is due.
  • Ecclesiastes 12:14–God will judge us for everything we do, including every secret thing, whether good or bad.
  • Romans 2:16–And this is the message I proclaim—that the day is coming when God, through Christ Jesus, will judge everyone’s secret life.

Looking at the context of the scripture, I am sure these versed are talking about personal accountability. They refer to a judgment that is future we all our secrets are going to come out.

The question remains: Why did Jesus share this well quoted proverb here in a section that is talking about sharing the good news of the kingdom?

A couple of things need to happen before you can be a transparent witness.

  1. You must have a clear revelation of Jesus Christ. You need to know Him on a very intimate level and be acquainted with His teachings.
  2. The second fundamental is that Jesus Christ reveal you to you. Phony people make horrible witnesses. Jesus has to show you who you are so that your witness come via an honest and open life. 

This doesn’t mean that you sit down with a lost friend and tell him all the horrible things you have done. It does mean that you stay humble and keep all those horrible sins [that eventually will be brought to the light] in mind.

I’m not perfect, I don’t claim to be. I am very honest when I witness to people about Jesus Christ. I have told people often, “Look, I know you are a better man than I am but you still need Jesus.” We are not going to be effective evangelist until we get real.

III. SHARING THE WORD IS NOT AN OPTION

 “So pay attention to ‘how’ you hear. To those who listen to my teaching, more understanding will be given. But for those who are not listening, even what they think they understand will be taken away from them.”

  1. We become accountable the moment we hear the word of God.
  2. Although the word is nourishment to soul, comfort to the spirit and understanding to the mind: the word by nature cannot be fruitful unless we share it. {Seed in a sack will not get the job done} Seed are destined for the soil, for growth, fruition.
  3. In God’s economy, those who horde the gospel [leave the seed in a sack in the barn] are sinning against the nature of the kingdom. What happens to the farmer who quits sowing?

The perfect illustration is in the next few verses:

19 Then Jesus’ mother and brothers came to see him, but they couldn’t get to him because of the crowd. 20 Someone told Jesus, “Your mother and your brothers are standing outside, and they want to see you.”

21 Jesus replied, “My mother and my brothers are all those who hear God’s word and obey it.”

Dr. J.W. MacGorman in the Broadman commentary says: Jesus family came after Him hoping to talk Him into returning to Nazareth, His hometown, where He on His first visit was rejected. They wanted Him to do miracles in His home town, to give them a second chance. We have no evidence that Jesus ever returned. They had a golden opportunity and they blew it.

If we are not good stewards of what He gives, we will lose even what we had. There is nothing stagnant in the Christian life: we are always receiving and giving. If we stop giving, we stop receiving.

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