Visible Faith

John Koedyker

Read: Mark 4:21-25

He said to them, “Is a lamp brought in to be put under a basket, or under a bed, and not on a stand?” (v. 21)

In Grand Haven, Michigan, where I live, a lighthouse is situated on a pier that juts far out into Lake Michigan. For many years that lighthouse has stood there, indicating to all ships the entrance to the harbor. It took a lot of time and effort to build that pier and lighthouse. But it needed to be in a strategic place where the ships could see it. It simply would not have helped to have the lighthouse back on the beach.

Jesus makes a similar point about a lamp. A lamp needs to be in a place where it can be seen and give light. Jesus is saying that is how our faith should be. Our Christian faith must be a visible faith.

It is not always easy to confess our faith openly. Some will mock it. Some Christians have even died because they were openly displaying their faith. But if the Christian faith is the truth, then what good is it if people can’t see it?

In Matthew 5, Jesus says it this way: “You are the light of the world . . . Let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven” (vv. 14-16). —John Koedyker

Prayer: Lord, give us the courage to let the light of your gospel to be seen in us as a testimony to many. Amen.