“No one lights a lamp and then covers it with a bowl or hides it under a bed. A lamp is placed on a stand, where its light can be seen by all who enter the house. For all that is secret will eventually be brought into the open, and everything that is concealed will be brought to light and made known to all.
I grew up believing these verses were a threat that Jesus would tell all my darkest secrets. And God does have a way of bringing things to light, doesn’t he? But over the years, I’ve come to understand a different meaning. Check out what the Cambridge Greek Testament has to say:
“[Jesus] is not thinking of the discovery of crimes, but of the right use and further dissemination of Divine light. The truths now revealed privately to faithful hearers, and only dimly shadowed forth to others, should soon be flashed over all the world. Parables first yielded their full significance to the disciples, but found “a springing and germinant fulfillment in every age.”
That totally changes it! Now I feel grateful, not nervous. I’m confident, not cowering because I’m living proof that it’s true. God’s truth used to be reserved for a select few. But Jesus came and put his glory on display… even to me! He has dropped truth directly into my heart and mind. He has spoken to me through scripture. He’s even revealed himself through other broken people.
And he wants to use us worship leaders to let even more people in on the secret.
- Have you ever discovered one of God’s “secrets” through the words of scripture or the faithfulness of people who know him?
- Has God ever shown you something in private that you later shared with other people?
- How does this change the way you think of private worship and Bible study?