THE SECRETS OF THE KINGDOM OF GOD, Ron Ward
PUT GOD'S WORD INTO PRACTICE
Passage: Luke 8:16~21
Key verse: 21
1. A lamp on a stand (16-18)
Jesus taught that God's light should shine. The light in these verses stands for a person who has been given God's word. As a lamp should not be hidden under a bed, so God's light should shine in each of us. God's word reveals all. Nothing is concealed when God's word is exposed. Jesus teaches once again that we should consider carefully how we listen to God's word. When we listen to it carefully, we are lights. Without it, everything is concealed.
2. Jesus' mother and brothers (19-21)
Jesus' mother and brothers came to see him. When someone told Jesus, he said, "My mother and brothers are those who hear God's word and put it into practice." Jesus' mother and brothers, Jesus' family, are those who display the light that comes from God's word. When we have God's light, we are Jesus' mother and brothers.
Prayer: Lord, help me to have your light in me. Help us to shine that light to show that we are Jesus' mother and brother, and to bring others to him.
One Word: Put God's word into practice