Being a Lamp That's Lit
So let’s begin at the beginning and ask the first question that needs to be asked . . . are you a lamp that's lit? Matthew chapter 5 talks about being a light, but we might want to first ask the fundamental question, am I a lamp that's lit in the first place?
How many of us are lit and ablaze? We’re all lamps . . . every one of us. But how many of us are lit and burning and casting light, because it’s one thing to be a lamp, and it’s quite another thing to be lit. If you walk through life being a lamp that’s not lit, you will live a diminished life and you will add to the diminishment of those around you. And that is tragic.
The Irish play-write, George Bernard Shaw was interviewed by a reporter who asked him, “Mr. Shaw, if you could live your life over and be anybody you’ve known, any person from history, who would you be?” Listen carefully to what he said. George Bernard Shaw said this. He replied, “I would choose to be the man George Bernard Shaw could have been, but never was.” Will that be your commentary on your life? When the end comes and the years are dwindling, will you say, I would choose to be the man I could have been, but never was?
George Bernard Shaw was a lamp that, by his own admission, was never lit.
“Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl.” You . . . all of you . . . all of us are lamps. And the question that I have for you is “are you lit?
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