Iron Saints Podcast: A Christian daily devotional for men drawing near to Christ

What Good is the Light if its not in the Darkness?

February 22, 2024 Dan Willis Season 1 Episode 32
Iron Saints Podcast: A Christian daily devotional for men drawing near to Christ
What Good is the Light if its not in the Darkness?
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Today we continue our walk through the book of Luke. We are examining another parable and learning that Christ not only teaches by word but also by deed. He sets the example for what it means to shine His light in the darkness.

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 - We are challenged by Christ in Luke eight v16-21 with the example of setting our lamps to provide light to the world. We are cautioned that if we use them to create our own strongholds, that we will be chastised and corrected. We are challenged to share the love of Christ to those who are not within the faith and to continue our focus on the work of the ministry without distraction.




 As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another. Welcome back to the Iron Saints podcast with your host Dan Willis. 1s Welcome back Saints it's a new day. I hope you guys have been enjoying this walk through. Luke. For those of you that are new to the podcast, we've been doing a complete walkthrough of Luke from start to finish. Um, we're currently in Luke eight, uh, so 30 plus episodes in and we've made it to Luke eight. Uh, it's never a race as far as being a sprint, though. Uh, it may be a bit of a marathon, but we love it. Um, so today we are going to continue through Luke eight. Um, we've been working through some of the parables and purpose, the parables, what they are, uh, actually examining some of them. Today we're going to have a parable, but we're also going to, uh, continue forward in Luke. So, uh, I look forward to that being there. A huge shout out to all of you guys. Uh, even though we had a slight hiatus a couple of months off due to technical issues and life getting in the way, uh, we're back at it, and it's definitely showing that you guys didn't miss a beat. So a huge thank you to all of you that have been listening. It's a great encouragement to see us right back to where we were when the pause began. So, uh, any of you that are listening, I do appreciate those of you that have taken the time in the past couple of days to leave reviews, wherever you may be listening. The reviews helped me to improve, of course, as well as let me know that you appreciate what we're doing here. So thank you so much for all of you that have taken the time to do that. It is greatly appreciated. But without further ado, let's get down to it. 5s So as always guys, I am going to be reading from the ESV. I understand that not everybody might be able to have a Bible handy wherever they may be. You may be commuting, driving. You may be in a place where you just don't have your Bible with you. No problem. Don't worry about it. I will always read the passage that we're going to examine, but I do encourage you, if you can, to grab your Bible and have it handy. We'll go through this. It's a it's a great practice and habit to have. And when you're examining Scripture to have the the physical word, if you can, in front of you lets you take some notes to kind of process through. Uh, so today is Luke chapter eight, verse 16 through 21. So there's going to be a parable. And then we're going to get to the end of this segment before we move into some other, uh, works of Christ. So again, we're going to start at Luke chapter. Our Luke chapter eight, verse 16. As always, guys, I am reading from the ESV. Feel free to follow along whatever translation you would prefer. 1s No one, after lighting a lamp, covers it with a jar or puts it under a bed, but puts it on a stand so that those who enter may see the light, for nothing is hidden that will not be made manifest, nor is anything secret that will not be made known and come to light. Take care even how you hear. For the one who has more will be given, and for the one who has not even what he thinks that he has will be taken away. Then his mother and his brothers came to him, but they could not reach him because of the crowd. And he was told, your mother and your brothers are standing outside desiring to see you. But he answered them, my mother and my brothers are those who hear the word of God and do it. 2s So we've got a couple of interesting pieces here today. We've got this parable sandwich where he tells the parable of the seeds and the sower, um, and then explains the purpose of the parables. And then he goes on to tell the parable of the lamp under, uh, a jar, uh, lamp under the jar is an interesting one. In this day and age, where we have a lot of people that are perfectly happy to be Christians, where we're perfectly happy as Christian men to, uh, let people know that that's what our belief is. Uh, we go to church every Sunday. We would pray with our family. Um, but in our day to day, in our walk, there's not as much evidence of us being Christian. We don't we're not outspoken in our faith. We're not outspoken in our Christianity. And I understand I'm not painting with impressions. I think that's everybody. But there is a large amount of Christian men where, um, it's challenging for. 1s It's challenging for us to speak out. It's challenging to, uh, have a clear and and outspoken presence for a whole bunch of different reasons. But here we're seeing Christ putting on a not just an encouragement of, you need to do that. You need to be a light. You need to be seen because it's not you that's being seen as Christ. Right? Um, but as well, he's challenging you that 1s if if you've got a light that's been given to you and you decide that you're going to put it under a lamp, understand that that's going to come with a rebuke, that's going to come with an exhortation, that's going to come with a cost. The point where it's taken away, that's that's a that's a heavy burden. 1s So for the for the first part that I do want to challenge you guys on that, uh, make a point near day to day. Uh, some of us live in in circles that are entirely Christian. Uh, our friends are Christian. Our our work is our workplace as Christian, our. When we attend church, we, uh, you know, we're in Christian leagues. 1s Everything that we do is in Christian circles. That's that's really not the purpose of the lamp that he's talking about here. A lamp shining in a room of lamps seems kind of ridiculous, right? Uh, so I challenge you to take a look at your environments and and just take a look and see. Is there darkness that you're shining in? Uh, do you have places in your walk where you are? Darkness, so that you can be light to those people? And then the follow up to that is, of course, if you are in darkness, is your lamp getting dimmer or are you shining brighter? Is is Christ prevalent? Is it there? Do you talk about it? Is Christ something that you boldly speak about in your day to day in those places? Um. 2s Yeah, it it can be challenging guys for sure. The second half of this is very, very interesting. And this passage is always a very challenging one, especially for the men out there that might be Catholic. Um, there's a lot of reverence around Mary. Uh, and, you know, it's it's not solely Catholicism, but there's a lot of Christians out there that hold Marion very, very high reverence in this passage where his mother and his brothers come to him and make this, you know, plea. You know, we want to see our brother. We want to see I want to see my son. Well, okay, normally we would assume that Jesus would would part the crowd like the red seat to bring these esteemed guests to him. And it is responses. That's nice. 1s That's nice. Um, it's good that my my mother and my brothers are here to see me. Um, but I'll tell you who my mother's and brothers are. Those that would hear the word of God and do it. And I think that this is a really powerful way where Christ started with the the parable of the sower and the seeds. And then he went on to explain it to them and explain why he's doing things the way that he's doing. And then in, in typical Christlike fashion, he demonstrates it practically for us. He gives us an example that we can see and we can we can emulate. It's the lamp under the jar of you need to be light in the darkness, right? You need to make sure that Christ is being shown into the places where he isn't. He isn't yet. Anyway. Uh, so Jesus and mothers and brothers know him. They have a relationship with him. They know him. 2s They know who he is, they know what he's going to be. For the most part, some of the brothers maybe not, but, uh, they come to know it anyway. But Mary, at the very least knows who her son is. She knows. And so Jesus's response here is less of a, um, a rebuke or a, uh, tearing down of his family. It's not disrespectful, but what he's trying to do is set an example for those around him of, look, I just told you that a light can't be put into a room of light, that a room can't be put under a cover. That makes no sense. You have to take the light into the places that need light. And that's what he was doing. Right? There he was. He was saying, guys, I, I appreciate that my family is here, but I, I'm, I am where I need to be. I am a lamp in the darkness of the moment working with these people. I'm telling you the parables, I'm not going to stop everything I'm doing just to have a conversation with those who already know. And we see that message throughout scripture where, you know, the shepherd leaves the 99 sheep to go and rescue the the one that got away. Right. Well, you're leaving 99 sheep unguarded. What are you doing? Well, they're okay. They're they're where they belong. I need to go get the one that is more belongs. It's just this. This repeated thing. And where is your focus? Where is your heart? Where is your. Where is your conviction and your day to day? So again, I just want to challenge you guys. Take a look at your circles. Take a look at where you are. It's not bad to be in incursion circles, to have Christian friends to to attend church. Those are those are all good and godly things, as are points of fellowship. But really flex that that evangelism bone. Really work it out and challenge yourself to find some places where you can be in a place of darkness. You can bring some light. 5s That does it for today. Saints, I hope this has been a blessing to you to continue through this again. If you are new to the podcast and you're just hopping in, uh, there are 30 more episodes that you can go back and listen to to get caught up with Abbey wood. So like they are all shorter, you know, 8 to 10 minute episodes. But, uh, for those of you who have been on this journey and here we are, thank you again for coming back. I'm going to pray for us real quick here before we leave. As always, guys, if there are prayer requests, please put them out. I'm going to do a recap of inboxes and social media over the weekend and collect prayer requests and start doing those prayer requests at the end of the call. As always, if you want to remain anonymous, that's no problem. I'm always happy to create a pseudonym or just use your first name, anything of that nature, um, or just leave the name out entirely. But, uh, without further ado, let's pray. 1s Jesus, thank you so much for your word. Thank you so much that your cares for those. 1s They need the light. Not those that have it. You love the people that have the light. You've given it to them. It's a gift. It's a blessing. But that blessing came with a hope that they would take the light into the world. That they would show Christ to the world, that they would cast out the darkness, that they would be bold, that they would be strong, that they would be convicted, that they wouldn't let even the closest distractions, the loves of our lives, stop us from doing that work. And I pray that as men of faith, that we are convicted to follow Christ example today and and seek those places of darkness that we can shine, that we can bring your light into in our own lives. Pray blessing on the the men that are listening, Lord, that their their hearts would be convicted by your word. I pray that they would, uh, be strengthened by it, that they would have new conviction to continue into your word and wrestle with it, to continue bringing the word into their lives and wrestling with what that looks like for all of those going through trials. Lord, for all those with issues of health. Pray for them, Lord, for all those struggling with loss, I lift them up to you. For all of those struggling with plenty. Pray for them, Lord can be a huge burden. 1s Pray for all the men listening, Lord, that you be with them today and encourage them. Push them. To shine your light. Your name we pray. 2s Thank you for listening to the Iron Saints podcast. If you are looking to share your prayer requests, check the description for social media or email to contact the show. Blessings on you all. Until next time.