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Luke 8:16-18

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Jesus said to his disciples, "No one after lighting a lamp hides it under a jar, or puts it under a bed, but puts it on a lampstand, so that those who enter may see the light. For nothing is hidden that will not be disclosed, nor is anything secret that will not become known and come to light. Then pay attention to how you listen; for to those who have, more will be given; and from those who do not have, even what they seem to have will be taken away."

Luke 8:16-18
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    • Jesus asks me to pay attention to how I listen, to notice how I notice. If my prayer is full of distraction or if my mind is always racing, I need to do as Jesus asks and pay attention. If I see only deficiency I will lose everything; if I am able to recognise, appreciate and receive blessing, I can trust in God’s goodness and love.
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    • Does it fill me with joy to know that I am grace-filled in Jesus? Do I waken up to a fresh day knowing that a loving Father is holding me in the palm of his hand?
    • ‘Woe to me if I do not proclaim the Gospel’ (1 Corinthians 9:16). Is it second nature for me to want to let that joy overflow to others as good news? “Our lives begin to end, the day we become silent about the things that matter"- Martin Luther King. What truly matters to me?
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    • The lamp is lit for a purpose; the light it gives shows it at its fullest potential. When loving others we express our love of God. Our acts of kindness, thoughtfulness or thanks are ways in which we can be lamps that are lit.
    • ‘Secret revelations’ sounds like the stuff of journalism; here it assures us that our every deed, our quiet gestures, our forbearance and patient tolerance are all valued and build up God’s presence in our midst.
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    • Lord, you are telling me something about your openness. You spoke plainly, hiding nothing, letting the truth appear. Following you is not entering a secret cult, nor relying on hidden prayers, formulas, or Da Vinci Codes, but trying with an open and honest heart to listen to the truth and learn from experience. I will pay attention to how I listen.
    • God’s love and word is a lamp for our steps, a lamp that shines from the inside of our personalities. Nothing can put it out. The light is the light of the love of God, and often we can’t believe in this love. It is always there, shining in darkness, doubt, meanness and sin. We keep our light a secret too much. We hide our goodness from others. Prayer encourages us to admit and confess, not just our sins, but our wonderful beauty - each of us.