Don Guthrie
Ministries
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Aired week of Sept 25 -Oct 1, 2011
“Candle Under a Bushel”


    Greetings in the name of Jesus! Hi, I'm Don Guthrie and I want to thank you for joining me today as we look into
God’s Holy Word to learn how we can become a better witnesses to the world and a more faithful followers of
Christ.

Father, I come before you this day in the name of Jesus. I ask that you anoint me with your Holy Spirit that I might
speak the words you would have me speak. I ask that you open our ears and our heart to hear your message and
to understand your Holy Word. In Jesus name I ask these things: AMEN.

      Today I’m starting a new series of messages on the Parables of Jesus. I’ll be taking one parable each week
and we will be looking at that parable to see what Jesus would have us learn from it. The first parable we will be
looking at is entitled “A Candle under a Bushel.”

      The parable is found in the book of Matthew, chapter 5 and verses 14 through 16.

Matthew 5:14-16
14. Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hid.
15. Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it gives
    light unto all that are in the house.
16. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your
    Father which is in heaven.

      Before we start a series on parables, it’s important to understand what a parable is. The word parable comes
from a Greek word that means placing beside of something or a comparison to something. So, a parable is literally
a placing beside of, a comparison to, a similitude, or an illustration about some subject by using another subject.

      The bible is full of parables. They are found throughout the Old Testament as well as the New. Jesus often
used them in his sermons and teaching.

      Some might say that the scripture for today is not a parable, but according to the definition I gave you a
moment ago it is. Listen to the scripture again from    Matthew 5:14-16
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Matthew 5:14-16
14. Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hid.
15. Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it gives
    light unto all that are in the house.
16. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your
    Father which is in heaven.

      This particular parable is recorded in three of the gospels. It is found in Matthew, Mark and Luke. The Account
I read from Matthew is a part of the Sermon on the Mount. In the passage, Jesus is telling His followers that’s us,
that we are the light of the world.

      Let me put this into perspective for you. Jesus, the light of God, came down to earth from Heaven to bring God’
s light in to a world full of darkness. That same Jesus then told his followers, the disciples, that they were now the
light of the world.

      His followers, the disciples, accepted that light from him and handed it down to us through the scripture.
Those who believes in Jesus then becomes the light of the world, empowered by the Holy Spirit to bring light into
the world just like Jesus and the disciples did. Carrying Christ’s light in to the world, is the mission and the role of
every born again believer. Unfortunately, not every believer takes their job seriously, and they chose not to be a
light bearer to the lost. Even so, we who are born again believers in Jesus have been given that responsibility and
unless we carry the light and give it to others, the light will grow dim.

      Jesus said in verse fourteen, “Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hid.” What this
implies is this; when a person becomes a believer and accepts Jesus, Jesus, the true light of the world comes to
dwell within the believer. When the light of the world is living in you, the light should shine forth from you, allowing
others to see Jesus, the light of the world, in many interesting ways.

      Jesus went on to say in verse fifteen, “Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a
candlestick; and it gives light to all who are in the house.” The reason one lights a light, or in modern times, turns
on a light, is to have light. What good is a light, if it is never lit, or if when lit it is covered and not allowed to shine?  
What good is a light if it doesn’t emit light? When we turn on a light, we want to see. When we enter a dark room,
we look for a switch. If there is a light we want it on.    

      Jesus said that men doesn’t light a candle and put it under a bushel where it can’t be seen and where it does
no good. Instead, He said, they place it on a candlestick, where it will give light to the entire room, so that all who
enters the room can move about and see properly.  

      In verse sixteen Jesus went on to say, “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good
works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.” As I said earlier, everyone who has accepted Jesus Christ as
their personal Savior and asked him onto their heart has the light of Jesus in them and that light desires to shine
so others can see it.

      There was a woman who came to know Jesus Christ as her Savior during an evangelistic meeting. She went
home after the meeting full of joy and the unique gladness that overflows the heart of a repentant sinner.

      Several weeks later, she began expressing a desire to leave the community in which she lived because it was
so sinful. When her pastor heard about this, he approached her and said with some severity, "How would you like
it if the city removed the lights from the dirty, dangerous streets and left lights shinning only in the good
neighborhoods where no crimes are committed? Didn't Christ say, 'Ye are the light of the world'?"

      The woman accepted his rebuke and some time later said, “Pastor, I heard what you said, and I decided to
stay in my neighborhood. Now, where there was only one light shinning, there are now two lights shining in our
street." You see, she had led one soul to Jesus.

      This is what Jesus meant when he spoke of the light and the bushel. As a born again believer, we are to let
our light shine. Actually, we are to let His light in us shine. Instead of hiding from the evil in the world we should be
spreading the light of Jesus in the darkness of the world so that those walking in darkness might see the light and
repent before it is too late for them.

      I have no way of knowing how man people in the world are living in darkness and are on their way to hell, but I
would venture a guess and say that there are possibly hundreds of millions who are lost, maybe even a billion or
more. With so many people walking in darkness, lost how can we set back doing nothing? How can we hide the
light of Jesus under a bushel and refuse to tell the world of it? How can we justify our having the light and letting
so many stumble around in the darkness?  

      Someone once said that ignorance is the chief sin of our time. Others say that the greatest need in the world
is faith. I say that the greatest need in the world of today is the knowledge of God, and his light shining in man so
that others can see his works and glorify him.  

      It’s getting to be a rare thing to find a man or woman who believes deeply in God anymore. One is more likely
to find people who have a form of godliness, but not the real thing. This is sad, because when one really believes
in God, they can see Him in everything--in the birds of the air, in the flowers of the fields, in the brightness and
beauty of the earth, and even when the storms clouds gather and sorrow sweeps over them.

      If a man believes there is a God, his belief controls him through his being. Jesus said, "Let your light so shine
before men that they may glorify God."  In order to make other men think of God, in order to make others see his
light, we must first believe in Him ourselves, and we must have such a strong obedience to him coming out of our
own belief, that others will see our belief in God realize our relationship with him and by seeing what a joy we have
and what a wonderful relationship we have with God, they will desire the light we have living in and radiating from
us as well.   

      Ted Engstrom, in The Pursuit of Excellence, tells about a time he was cleaning out his desk. While doing so,
he found a flashlight that had not been used for over a year.

      Trying the switch, he could not get the light to shine. He unscrewed the top, and shook the flashlight, but the
batteries wouldn’t budge. Suddenly, after a quick shake and a rap against his hand, the batteries came loose and
clattered onto the floor. What a mess! Battery acid had corroded the inside of the flashlight.

      Ted was disgusted. The batteries were new when he put the flashlight into the warm, dry drawer. But, that
was the problem! You see, batteries are meant to be used; not hidden away!

      It’s the same with us. Our faith is not meant to be stored away and unused! It was intended to be used
everyday and shown to the world by the way we live our life. We are to let our light shine.

14. Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hid.
15. Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it gives
    light unto all that are in the house.
16. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your
    Father which is in heaven.
      
      We are the light of the world. We carry the light of Jesus in us. We must use the light in order to keep it strong.

      I want to issue you a challenge today. We all know people who aren’t saved and who are on their way to hell.
If not, open your eyes and look around, they are everywhere. It could be your son or daughter. It could be your
spouse or parent. Maybe it’s a relative or an acquaintance. Unless they repent of their sins, and accept Jesus
Christ, they will not make it to heaven.

      I want to challenge you to pray for that person. I want to challenge you to commit yourself to daily intercession
to God for them, begging him to save their soul. Then I challenge you to let your light so shine that they might see
your good works, and see Jesus living in you. I’m not suggesting that you hound them, nor do I suggest that you
preach to them every moment you are around them. But, I am suggesting that you pray for those who lost, and that
you live your life as an example of what a Christian is supposed to be. I also suggest that you keep on praying for
as long as it takes, believing that God will touch them and bring them into his family. Then, after a while of praying,
start asking God to show you when and if you are to speak to that person, and if it is his will to do so, to give you
the strength and the boldness to do it along with the right words to say to them.

      Don’t get in a hurry. Let God control the situation. Your job is to let your light shine and pray, then be ready to
do whatever God wants you to do, whenever he gives you opportunity.  

      Will you accept my challenge?

      Will you let your light shine?

      Will you take your light from under the bushel and let it shine in the darkness for Jesus?

      Until next time, Follow Jesus, He is the light of the world. Amen