How did church become a place to hide the light that shines in your heart? Why do we bring our light to church and then keep it hidden “under a bowl” in our heart?
“He (Jesus) said to them, ‘Do you bring in a lamp to put it under a bowl or a bed? Instead, don’t you put it on its stand? For whatever is hidden is meant to be disclosed, and whatever is concealed is meant to be brought out into the open. If anyone has ears to hear, let them hear.’”–Mark 4:21-23
“For God, who said, ‘Let light shine out of darkness,’ made his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of God’s glory displayed in the face of Christ.” –2 Corinthians 4:6
According to Scripture, an assembly of Christ-followers is a place for disclosure and openness. “Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed.” –James 5:16
A God-gathering is a place for open sharing, testimony, and ministry to one another. “When you come together, each of you has a hymn, or a word of instruction, a revelation, a tongue or an interpretation.” –1 Corinthians 14:26
A friend recently posted this pic:
Perhaps, not only clergy — but everybody — should, not only read 1 Cor. 14:26, but also actively do it when we come together in Jesus name.
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