Mark 4:21–25 (ESV)
A Lamp Under a Basket
21 And he said to them, “Is a lamp brought in to be put under a basket, or under a bed, and not on a stand? 22 For
nothing is hidden except to be made manifest; nor is anything secret except to come to light. 23 If anyone has ears to hear, let him hear.” 24 And
he said to them, “Pay attention to what you hear: with the measure you use, it will be measured to you, and still more will be added to you. 25 For to the one who has, more will be given,
and from the one who has not, even what he has will be taken away.”
Jesus continues the theme of producing for the Kingdom by comparing His people to lamps set on a stand
and by promising that faithfulness will be rewarded. It is a great pity, therefore, that so many Christians thwart God’s desire to bless faithfulness by failing to put their faith into practice wholeheartedly. The Lord forgives those who repent, and
He calls us to focus on His mission. Though we are generous, He is more generous still and blesses more and more.
I pray: Lord, thank You for graciously rewarding our small kindnesses with outpourings
of even more precious blessings. Amen.
Edward A. Engelbrecht, The Lutheran Study Bible (St. Louis, MO: Concordia Publishing House, 2009), 1663.